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BRETHREN 


HERALD 


Official organ of 
THE BRETHREN HOME MISSIONS COUNCIL 



Volume 1 No. 1 



Application for entry as second class matter is pending. 

R. Paul Miller, editor 

Paul R. Bauman Roy A. Patterson 

associate editors 

WHAT THIS MAGAZINE STANDS FOR 

With this initial issue of the Missionary Herald we greet all our readers in the name 
of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Lord of heaven and earth, Who died for us on Calvary, and 
Who is coming for us who believe, to take us to His glory. This magazine is dedicated to 
Him, and the heralding of His gospel to the lost millions of America. It will carry the 
story of the achievements of the gospel under the direction of the Brethren Home 
Missions Council throughout this land. In these pages there will never appear any- 
thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, or that is of uncertain teaching. We purpose 
to carry a message that is true doctrinally, and yet one that will stir up the spirit of 
true evangelism and personal soul-winning, among the ministry and laity. We shall 
ask for and promote a ministry of intercessory prayer, believing this to be the strong- 
est factor toward the realization of a passion for lost souls. To reach the last man 
for Jesus Christ before He comes, to establish strong congregations of true believers, 
and to hold forth an invincible testimony that will silence unbelief, is our dedication. 
Here we stand! When our Lord returns may He find us true to this commitment. 



CONTENTS 

Our New Home Missions Vision, 1939 — What Is the Prospect? 

Roy A. Patterson 4 L. L. Grubb 8 

The Observer 10 

Grace Theological Seminary and The 

Brethren Home Missions Council, ^^^'^^^ *^^ ^^^^^^ ^^^^ Our Secretary 13 
Alva J. McClain 5 Around the Council Table 15 



The Herald is published monthly by The Brethren Home Missions Council, 

Berne, Indiana, at the office of The Brethren Publishing Company, 

324 Orange Street, Ashland, Ohio. 

Subscription rate, fifty cents per year. Those who give five dollars or more 
per year to the work of the Brethren Home Missions Council will receive this 
magazine regularly. Fifty cents each is deducted from such gifts to defray 
cost of the magazine. Changes of address should be sent to our office thirty 
days before they are made to avoid loss of copies. 



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nn judicial domination of Home Mission affairs in the Brethren Church, and nn 

g§ against methods which would have destroyed any real progress, yet the nn 

pp. Brethren Home Missions Council is in no sense a schismatic or divisive □□ 

nn organization. It was established by men who have been outstanding lead- ^^ 

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nn Brethren Faith because of conviction, and as long as they are on eartli nn 

§§ they will promote the cause of the Whole Gospel. The Brethren Home Mis- nn 

on sions Council is a strictly Brethren Institution, organized by Brethren, and □□ 

nn for the extension of the Brethren Church in America. It is formed within SS 

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nn It is thoroughly democratic in its formation, and is wholly responsible qq 

nn to those who support it. It was originally formed in response to the popular nn 

QQ demand of hundreds of delegates and others at the Brethren National Con- nn 

^n ference of 1938. The enthusiasm of those who had part in establishing the □□ 

nn first group of Council members will not soon be forgotten by those who SS 

□□ were present at that memorable gathering. The members of the Council, nn 

SS who direct the work, are elected by the people, and are not in any way nn 

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nn self-perpetuating. Each year the directors will come back to those who □□ 

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□□ A constitution is planned into which will be written a requirement that . nn 

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nn ances and tenets of the Brethren Faith. The message of the pastors in nn 

nn churches under the direction of the Council will not be a hodge podge of □□ 

□□ theology with all the colors of Joseph's coat, but there will be a unity of nn 

nn doctrine and emphasis that will characterize Brethren mission churches un- gn 

PP der the Council everywhere. There will not be an over emphasis of or- nn 

nn dinances in one point, as though they were all that the Brethren believed nn 

nn for the gospel, while in another point ordinances would be all but forgotten ^g 

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nn ue is it to have a marvelous knowledge of the Word of God if it does not nn 

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PP and hold evangelistic meetings, that is where we will go, as He provides □□ 

nn the means.' Wherever there is a group of faithful Brethren asking for aid nn 

nn to establish a Brethren Church in some town or city, that is where we ^g 

nn will try to do just that. Wherever there is a Brethren Church that for nn 

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nn where the Council will go. Through the medium of fervent and efficient nn 

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The Brethreyi Herald 



Our New Home Missions Vision 

Roy A. Patterson 
President Brethren Home Missions Council 



Just a few months ago The 
Brethren Home Missions Council 
came to you with our first public 
appeal for support. The response to 
that appeal was spontaneous and 
most liberal. Joy, praise and grati- 
tude are but a few of the reactions 
which would arise from such gener- 
ous response. From every section of 
our beloved denomination there 
came stories of a deepening and 
quickening of missionary 
interest among our church- 
es and the membership of 
those churches. 

It is our belief that more 
of our church members 
have been upon their knees 
during the past year than 
ever before. God hears the 
effectual, fervent prayeis 
of righteous men and wo- 
men and answers them to 
His glory and honor. 

Humbly we bow in the 
presence of God as we feebly utter 
our thanks to Him for the unmerited 
blessing bestowed upon us and that 
he has used you as a human agency 
through whom His will can be done. 
That your continued loyalty and 
support to our Home Mission pro- 
gram will make possible the sus- 
taining of every Mission Church un- 
der our care, is quite evident. 

Although we are rejoicing in the 
great outpouring of His blessings, 
we are also sobered in the thought of 
our great responsibilities. Which 
one among our organization is not 
sobered in this thought? Our asso- 
ciation with, and the attitude of, 
every member of the Council, leads 
us to the conclusion that all are ac- 
cepting this responsibility. 




lioji A. Patterson 



The thought that there are now 
too many churches, is born of evil ; 
there may be too many cold, barren, 
empty, and lifeless buildings which 
are called churches but not too many 
vitalized, soul-saving centers. Wher- 
ever there are unsaved souls there 
is need of a church. Understand us 
please, we do not mean massive ca- 
thedrals upon which and through 
which our offerings will be 
squandered but simple al- 
tars from which the words 
of redemptive grace will be 
proclaimed by lips unstain- 
ed by the theology of man. 

Unofficially, we are told 
there are approximately 
66,000,000 unchurched peo- 
ple in America today. Of 
this great army of unsaved, 
the proportionate share 
which the Brethren Church 
should reach will run well 
over 40,000 souls. In the 
face of such statements will we or 
dare we say there are too many 
churches, or at least that there are 
too many Brethren churches? We 
trust you will not pass over this par- 
agraph lightly, but that you will 
study and pray about it and see if 
youY very soul is not stirred to 
action as you think of those in our 
own fair land who do not know the 
joy of salvation as do you and I. 

As I sit at my desk today, there 
comes to my ears music set to the 
M^ords, "Santa Glaus Is Coming To 
Town." For a number of years we 
have heard the same music at 
Christmas time, and for many more 
years Santa Glaus has been coming 
to town, but the influence of his 

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February y 1939 



GRACE THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY AND 
THE BRETHREN HOME MISSIONS COUNCIL 

Alva J. McCiain, President 



Many of us watched with deep 
and sympathetic interest the crisis 
and various steps which have led to 
the formation of the Brethren 
Home Missions Council. While no 
faculty member of Grace Seminary 
holds a place on the Council, know- 
ing what we do of its ideals and pur- 
poses, it is our firm conviction that 
the existence of such an organiza- 
tion is absolutely vital to the future 
of the Brethren Church. 
The Seminary and the 
Council have much in com- 
mon, and the following are 
some of the reasons why 
we are glad to give our sup- 
port to its program : 

First, both Grace Semin- 
ary and the Missions Coun- 
cil stand together without 
compromise for the whole 
Wo'vd of God and for all its 
grcxit fundamental truths. 
And this to us is not mere- 
ly an empty slogan which every man 
is free to read according to his own 
notions. We are not ashamed to 
name these truths, to set them down 
in writing and sign our names to 
them ; not afraid to stand by them 
regardless of what the personal cost 
may be; and are willing to be judg- 
ed by our loyalty to them. We can 
have no fellowship, therefore, with 
men or institutions that question 
these great truths, nor with men 
who defend and support those who 
depart from them. We deplore the 
action of those who call themselves 
fundamentalists and vote with the 
Modernists. Such "Fundamental- 
ists" are worse than the Liberals 
they aid and protect. We hold that 
loyalty to the Lord Jesus Christ and 




Alva J. McClain 



the great truths of Christian Faith 
is more important than money, or 
position, or friends, or even life it- 
self. 

Second, both the Seminary and the 
Council stand together for those 
things which have been distinctive 
to the Brethren for two hundred 
years. We regard these things as 
sacred, not because they were taught 
by the fathers, but because they are 
taught in the Bible. We be- 
lieve that these ordinances 
and commands are not 
merely to be talked about 
and defended, but also to be 
irracticed. And we are con- 
vinced that the Apostle 
Paul would characterize as 
"sounding brass" any set of 
men who talk loudly about 
the value of the Sermon on 
the Mount while at the 
same time they brush aside 
its plain command to 
"Svs^ear not at all" (Mt. 5:34) ; or 
who turn a deaf ear to its denuncia- 
tion of divorce (5:32) ; or who go 
about breathing forth threats of 
lawsuits against their brethren. We 
believe in salvation by grace alone, 
and we admit that we are sinners 
saved by grace, but as such we feel 
that we should at least make an hon- 
est effort to keep the command- 
ments of the One who loved and 
gave Himself for us. "First cast out 
the beam out of thine own eye, and 
then thou shalt see clearly to cast 
out the mote out of thy brother's 
eye" — is a part of the Sermon on the 
Mount, and still applicable today. 

Third, both Grace Seminary and 
the Missions Council believe firmly 
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February Fifteenth Is The Closing Date 

FOR THE THANKSGIVING OFFERING 

We would greatly appreciate it if our pastors would make an es- 
pecial effort to see that their Thanksgiving Offering is sent in by 
February first. This will enable us to publish finished reports for 
the offering, and also to better plan our budget for the remainder 
of the year. Our Executive Committee meets in February, and un- 
til the offering is in, we do not know just how to plan the extent of 
our work. We will greatly appreciate your sympathetic help in this, 
such as you have given us in so many other things. 



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ALONE 



Geneva G. Kuhn 



Alone — the Savior bore our guilt; 
He had none of His own. 
He carried all our woes and cares 
Alone — yes, all alone. 

Alone, He prayed, yes, all alone — 
In dark Gethsemane. 

Disciples then — He prayed for thern; 
Ah, yes, for you and me. 

He carried all our sin away 
Upon dark Calvary. 
The ransom price He fully paid 
Alone — upon the tree. 

The Father turned His face from Him, 
His Son, upon the cross. 



His Son alone He gave in love. 
To Glory — what a loss! 

But, back to Glory, Jesus went — 
Alone, yes all alone — 
The only glorified with God, 
The Father's only Son. 

And now the faithful saint of His 
Must battle — not alone. 
Casting all our care on Him, 
We meet before His throne. 

But, there's a great day coming — 
No longer to be alone — 
He'll gather those who trust in Him, 
And bear us safely Home. 



John 3:16; Isa. 53; John 17; Heb. 12:1, 2; 8:1; 10:37; 13:5, 8, 14; 1 John 2:1-3. 



February, 1939 



How Is The Home Mission Offering 
Coming In? 

If this question has been asked once, it has been asked one hundred times 
personally, and in letters, during recent weeks. As has always been our 
custom we are glad to share all of the information regarding the affairs 
of Home Missions with all of our people. We are happy to report of the 
wonderful way in which Our Father God has been providing for this great 
work. 

About the greatest thrill we have received in our work for Home Mis- 
sions came recently, when we received two letters from Dr. L. S. Bauman 
in which were enclosed two checks totalling SIXTEEN HUNDRED 
DOLLARS FROM THE LONG BEACH CHURCH! This is the largest of- 
fering ever given to Home Missions in one year by any Brethren Church. 
Last year this church gave exactly $1200.00, which makes their offering 
this year just thirty-three and one-third per cent greater. 

No less remarkable when the circumstances are considered was the 
check for exactly FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS that came from the Berne, 
Indiana, Church. This is a rural church, our home office church, and there 
is no finer group of people who love the Lord to be found anywhere. There 
are 150 members in this church. If all of our churches could average 
$500.00 in their offering for each 150 members in the congregation, it could 
be easily seen what a fine offering would result. No less proud of this 
offering was Brother John Parr, the pastor. 

From the Winchester, Virginia, church, a mission point, came the re- 
markable offering of $203.00 for the Thanksgiving Offering. In view of 
the discouraged state of this church until a year ago, this is a most re- 
markable offering. It is an indication of the new and rising spirit that is 
sweeping through many of our Brethren Churches moving them to accom- 
plish great things for God. Brother Norman Uphouse, the pastor is being 
greatly used of God there. 

Only a few of the offerings that have been sent in to date are finished. 
Most of them are partial with more coming in. 

As this is being written the total received by the Council for its work 
thus far, is $12,097.15. Many churches have not as yet been heard from 
at all. But because of the prompt manner in which the churches sent in 
their offerings, and some sent funds even before Thanksgiving, we have 
been able to pay all of our bills, and to meet each payroll. Much of the de- 
tailed financial receipts will be reported elsewhere in this magazine. Most 
of it will likely have to wait for later issues. We will publish as much of 
it as we can. 

We ask you one and all to join us in deep and genuine thankfulness vo 
God for this wonderful evidence of His favor. 



IF. 



The Brethren Herald 




1939— 
What Is the Prospect? 

L. L. Grubb, Rittman, O. 

One evening, not long ago, two men sat 
in the lobby of the Hotel Pittsburger en- 
joying a friendly chat before retiring. 
Neither man professed Christianity. But, 
the one happened to be an optimist, and 
the other, a pessimist. Said the optimist 
to his friend, "Well, Bill, 1939 is going to 
be the biggest year we have had in indus- 
try since the late twenties." "Sorry, 
George," said the other, "But I do not 
share your optimism. It would be far eas- 
ier, and more logical for me to believe that 
1939 holds some great catastrophe for this 
world as a whole," etc. This conversation 
is typical of thousands more. There are 
these two classes to be found among the 
group classified by Paul as "natural" men. 
The "optimist" refuses to ree anything 
dark in the present picture. He takes the 
attitude of the Httle boy who was trying diligently to learn to be a good 
Christian Scientist bv holding his one hand on the top of a very hot 

stove, and consoling himself with 

the other by frequent pats on the ~ ' 

back. There is a false, deceptive op- 
timism abroad in the hearts of men 
today vv^hich lends greater precari- 
ousness to the whole situation. But 
the so-called "pessimist", enduring 
the thrusts of his fellows as a "kill- 
joy", comes closer to a true diagno- 
sis of the problem. He sees the an- 
xiety and fear that are clutching at 
men's hearts. Keith Brooks, in 
Prophecy Monthly (Dec), rightful- 
ly intimates that psychologists the 
world over are deeply concerned for 
the future of the human race if the 
pressure of worry and anxiety is not 
soon lifted. He quotes the Current 
News Digest as follows : " 'Bankers 
tremble, newspapers croak, profes- 
sors prophesy, farmers cry, business 



L. L. Grubb 



slackens, credit shrinks, politicians 
shirk, and even criminals are dis- 
couraged' ". Likewise Stephen Lee- 
cock from the Banking Journal, 
" 'We are all afraid together, we 
have lost courage' ". If any judg- 
ment should be ventured as to which 
of these groups represents the great- 
est number of men it would certain- 
ly be the latter. 

While the world fears, worries,, 
frets, and is confused and befuddled 
in its thinking the Bible loving 
Christian has his ears tuned to heav- 
en, and his eyes turned to the Word 
of an infinite, unchangeable God. 
There he finds a divine catalogue of 
plans laid out by the Supreme Ruler 



February, 1939 



of the universe. It is only from the 
standpoint of this inerrant revela- 
tion that we can ascertain what 
1939 may hold for the world. 

Any man who reads God's hand- 
book with a degree of spiritual dis- 
cernment, "rightfully dividing", or 
"plowing a straight furrow" in the 
Word, must immediately be con- 
fronted with the presence of three 
distinct groups therein, namely, the 
Jew, the Gentile, and the Church of 
Jesus Christ. Over half the scrip- 
tures relate the past, present, and 
future destiny of Israel. Other 
great portions of the Book are de- 
voted to the Gentile, and much of 
the New Testament to the Church, 
cf. Rom. 9 :4, 5 ; Eph. 4 :17, 18 ; 1 :22, 
23. Every living member of the hu- 
man race finds his place under one 
of these three classifications. 

Before considering these classes 
individually we must note that there 
is one pertinent bit of prophetic in- 
formation that God has deemed it 
unwise to reveal to any man, (even 
Jehovah's witnesses). It is the "set 
time" to the Second Advent of our 
Lord (Mt. 24:36, 42). Therefore, it 
follows that even from the stand- 
point of Biblical revelation a hu^e 
IF must be written over the picture. 
IF Christ does not return in 1939, 
what about the Jew, the Gentile, and 
the Church? IF He does return, 
then what ? So, in order to write in- 
telligently we shall treat each group 
from this double viewpoint. In the 
allotted space it is possible to touch 
only the shores of the greatest sea of 
prophetic truth. 

/. 

Every informed Bible student 
knows that God has set aside the na- 
tion of Israel as his "chosen people" 
(1 Chron. 16:13). He has likewise 
outlined a plan for their destiny in 
such a crystal clear fashion that we 
have come to speak of the Jews as, 
"God's Time-clock for the Ages." 
Because the Jews have defied God in 
the accomplishment of that plan. He 



is meting out to His disobedient and 
arrogant people the punishment 
which they deserve. The sore trials 
of Israel among the nations during 
this past year have been a part of 
that punishment (Deut. 28 : 15-68 ) . 
German concentration camps swell 
with their Jewish, non-Aryan popu- 
lation. The Jews of that once nom- 
inally Christian nation have become 
"Hitlerized." The Italian decrees of 
the man with the "iron jaw" have 
made an existence in his domain 
well nigh impossible for Abraham. 
Thus it goes with the Jew today 
throughout the civilized world, with 
the possible exception of a few na- 
tions that are now posing as the 
benefactors of Israel. 

If Jesus Christ, their once reject- 
ed Messiah does not return in 1939, 
what is ahead of the Jews? Simply 
a repetition of their present plight 
with added and devilish intensity. 
Israel will never be happy and fully 
at peace as long as he is in a strange 
land. "Among these nations shalt 
thou find no ease." Even the nations 
now defending Israel come in this 
category. As United States becomes 
a haven of refuge for the Jevv^s we 
can expect a commensurate wave of 
Anti-Semitism. The persecution may 
come in multifarious ways, but come 
it will, or God is not to be trusted. 

All of the machinations of men 
against Israel are serving two great 
purposes at present, and these will 
probably continue throughout 1939. 
First, Jew^s are returning to their 
homeland, "the navel of the earth", 
as rapidly as possible. Secondly, the 
Jewish conscience in many cases is 
being goaded to a consideration of 
their rejected Messiah, and thus the 
evangelization of Israel receives an 
impetus. 

The picture appears brighter for 
Israel in 1939 if we suppose the re- 
turn of our Lord to rapture His 
Bride. The removal of the true Body 
of Christ from the earth will be the 
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WOE The record of the bloody orgy of killings, beatings, im- 

UNTO THE prisonments in concentration camps, destruction of homes, 
OFFENDER and other cruelties being heaped upon the Jews of Germany 
today by the Nazi leaders is making a rival of the blackest 
pages ever written of the Spanish Inquisition, The smashing of Jewish 
stores and looting of the contents, the cruel awakening of Jewish house- 
holds in the dead of night, and of fathers, mothers and children being forc- 
ed to leave their homes and be driven cut under the clubs of the persecutors, 
into the cold without sufficient clothes, compelled to leave all their belong- i 
ings behind them without the slightest idea of where they were to go or | 
what new disaster was awaiting them is a sad commentary on the honor ' 
and decency of the people of Germany. 

Following is a list of the tragedies of one day, November 10th, 1938, as ; 
reported in the papers : 

Ten thousand Jewish stores in ruins. ; 

Between twenty-five and thirty synagogues dynamited and burned to the ground. 

Fifty Jews in Vienna alone attempted suicide in utter despair. 

Two Jews shot down in cold blood. I 

Whole blocks of the finest shopping districts in Munich, Berlin, and Vienna [ 
looted, and burned, just because they were Jewish operated. I 

Thousands of Jews arrested without charge and thrown into prison. ; 

Scores of Jews beaten unmercifully and kicked about the streets while police 
and people looked, adding their jeers. 

All Jews ordered to leave Munich within 48 hours. 

150,000 Jews deprived of their living and forced to live on the charity of their 
fellow Jews. i 

This is just one day's record of atrocity in a nation that boasted of its i 
education and morals, its intelligence and enlightenment, and of being the I 
cradle of the great Reformation under Martin Luther. What an account t 
this will be for the future generations of German youth to look upon ! j 
What a sad reflection upon their fathers ! 

All-powerful and responsible to no one as he may feel that he is. Hitler '■ 
had better heed the awful lesson of Spain. That hapless nation at one time 
was the world's greatest people. But it was at a time when her statesmen j 
and merchants were Jews. The day came when, at the demand of the Pope i 
of Rome, Queen Isabella issued the decree to drive all Jews out of Spain.! 
The horrors of that tragedy when over 800,000 of the finest people of j 
earth, brilliant national leaders, refined Jewesses of the highest culture! 
were driven out by the thousand like cattle to die of exposure. The history i 
of Spain since that time should be enough to strike terror to the heart of i 



February, 1939 ■ 11 

any Dictator who would destroy the Chosen people regardless of who he is. 
Spain has been the tail end of the nations of Europe for 300 years. In the 
midst of an awful civil war where brother rolls in the blood of brother, 
Spain is paying up for her cruelties to the Jews in the sixteenth century. 
No doubt many thought that God had forgotten, but "He Who keeps Israel 
neither slumbers nor sleeps." Spain has learned the cost of mistreating 
God's covenant people. While the Scriptures plainly tell us that Israel will 
suffer at the hands of the nations yet Our Lord said, "It must needs be 
that offenses come, but woe unto him by whom the offense cometh." So it 
is "woe" for Mr. Hitler and all his aides who have a part in his terrible 
course. Knowing the "Terror of the Lord," we tremble at the very thought 
of what is ahead of that foolish man. 



ANOTHER The utter futility of the tremendous efforts of many of 

DEATH BLOW the philosophical scientists in their aim to establish a 
TO natural cause for everything is being made more and 

EVOLUTION more apparent. The pitiful resort that so many profes- 
sors in high schools and colleges in telling their pupils 
that "All the leading scientists attribute the existence of things to natural 
causes," is being subjected to more and more contradiction from the 
scientists themselves. Dr. Arthur H. Compion, Professor of Physics in the 
University of Chicago, and Nobel Prize winner, in a recent article on "The 
Religion of a Scientist," states that in evolution and all other phenomena 
the scientist finds unmistakable evidences of infinite intelligence and skill 
to support his belief in the existence of God. 

"As we learn more about our world, the probability of it having resulted by 
chance processes becomes more and more remote, so that few indeed are the scien- 
tific men today who defend an atheistic attitude of mind." 

To our mind the atheist has ten thousand problems to solve in his effort 
to establish a consistent and rational cause for the present physical uni- 
verse, to every problem that is met by the believer in the Biblical account 
of Creation. To believe that there is an All-wise, All-powerful, and All-lov- 
ing Creator Who brought all this physical universe into being and co-or- 
dinated it for one purpose is not only possi))le, but satisfying in view of the 
facts that exist all around us. In no department of human experience does 
"chance" bring about oderly and intelligent results. 

Science is a great field for human learning, and is justified in examining 
every possible clue to knowledge, but all true findings in the scientific 
world seem to point to the fact that when science passes from theory to 
fact it invariably agrees with the Bible. As Dr. Compton, further points 
out, "The hypothesis of God gives a more reasonable interpretation of the 
world than any other." 

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men of science like Dr. Compton, it seems that still the text books go right 
on carrying the evolutionary theory as an established fact, and teachers of 
youth will go right on with dogmatic emphasis that the naturalistic theory 
is the only known answer to the question of origin, while the Bible is simply 
ignored. The writer is continually bombarded by questions on this subject 
by High School students all over the land. May our preachers rise up to 
the occasion and give our priceless boys and girls the facts that they have 
a right to know. There is no more effective way of saving the confidence 
of our youth in the truth and dependability of the record of the Scriptures. 
"In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the earth." 



OUR NEW HOME MISSION VISION 

(Continued from Page 4) 

coming soon passed and little change was 
noticed after a few days. But we have 
been wondering what would happen if the 
Christ whose birth Christian people cele- 
brate, would come to town, and come to 
the hearts of men, women, boys and girls, 
of this city and every other town and 
community in our land! 

The personel of The Brethren Homo 
Missions Council is contemplating a pro- 
gram of Home Mission work which shall 
make possible the reaching of every com- 
munity where there are Brethren people 
without a church home and who may be 
the nucleus of a fine new Brethren con- 
gregation; the placing of a center of wor- 
ship under Brethren leadership in every 
possible locality where the Brethren mes- 
sage will be received ; to properly safe 
guard and perpetuate the Brethren faith 
in our Mission Churches and to guaran- 
tee such leadership as shall bring this to 
pass and preserve for our posterity, this 
Brethren Faith. 

Many of us can well ask ourselves the 
question, "If it had not been for mission 
work, somewhei'e, sometim.e ago, where 
would I be today?" Indeed, out of small 
obscure mission jioints have grown some 
of the strongest churches of our denomin- 
ation, and occupying those same pulpits 
are many of our most earnest, successful, 
soul winning pastors, and from these 
same churches which were just mission 
churches, come our most sacrificial offer- 
ings. 

Dear friends of the Brethren churches, 



all over the land, we solicit your financial 
support through the year, but above all we 
earnestly desire your prayers, that all may 
be humble, submissive and filled with an 
unquenchable desire to see souls saved. 
Vv^ith these assured, we know that a new 
and greater story will be proclaimed 
among the angelic hosts of heaven. The 
challenge is ours, will you say with us, 
"We will meet it?" 

Dayton, Ohio. 



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in the principle of "Brethre.yi institiitiojis 
controlled b>i Brethren." In the applica- 
tion of this principle we do not wish to be 
misunderstood in any narrow sense. We 
gladly admit that souls can be saved out- 
side the Brethren Church. But if the 
Brethren Church has any justification for 
its separate existence (and we believe it 
has), then it is not narrow but only good 
sense to demand that no board or institu- 
tion of the church shall be yielded to non- 
Brethren control, either in part or in 
whole. And no important interest of the 
church can safely be committed to the 
hands of men who think othei'wise, even 
though they themselves be members of the 
church. We do not wish to deny to others 
any freedom that we claim for ourselves, 
but we do deny the right of any board or 
institution to call itself "Brethren" while 
admitting to its controlling body those 

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A CROSS 
Me NA TION 



with our Secretary 




It would be very difficult to write up all 
of the activities of the secretary during 
the past three months since the Council be- 
gan its work. The task of setting up an 
entirely new office and getting it to fun- 
ction quickly enough to get out all of the 
material for the appeal for the Thanks- 
giving Offering between October fifth and 
November first, was not an easy one. 
Those who have never had such work to 
do can hardly appreciate what it takes in 
the way of new ideas and painstaking at- 
tention to details on printing. Then there 
came the task of setting up an entirely 
new mailing list. Up to this point it was 
merely "getting ready." Then came the 
work of addressing the hundreds of en- 
velopes, folding the letters and tracts and 
enclosing them, and mailing. All this lat- 
ter part had to be done by Miss Kimm.el, 
for the secretary was out in evangelistic 
work all Fall. Then followed the issuing 
of the special Bulletin filled with news of 
the Council. Beside all these things we had 
the heaviest correspondence experienced in 
ten years work in Home Missions. But the 
Lord was \-7ith us and we got through al- 
right. The Lord always has grace enough 
for any task that He asks of any of His 
servants. It is a hard lesson to learn, but 
we are trying hard to learn it. We believe 
that the heart of the true Christian ser- 
vant will never know real peace in his la- 
bors unless He does learn to count on 
Grace, boundless grace, that gives God all 
the glory. 



DOWN IN The meetings that the 

OLD Secretary held in Portis, 

KENTUCKY Kansas, Aleppo, Pennsyl- 
vania, and Meyersdale, 
Pennsylvania, have already been reported 
in the Brethren Evangelist. Our last 
campaign was in Kentucky. About a year 
ago we held a meeting in Vicco, Kentucky. 
The pastor at this mission point. Rev. 
Boaz O. Smith, was former student of 



mine while I wa.s a member of the faculty 
of the Philadelphia School of the Bible. It 
was a pleasure to help him in this needy 
field. Last year the Lord gave us 124 
souls, many of whom were saved from the 
roughest kind of sinful living. One man 
whose great enemy had been liquor, owed 
a $80.00 whiskey bill wheii he was convert- 
ed. His wife had cari'ied scars for years 
that she received at times during his sin- 
ful life when he would come home and 
mistreat her and the children and some- 
times drive them out into the winter cold. 
For the last year he has been a transform- 
ed man, and a testimony for Christ to all 
that region. You can imagine the joy it is 
to return and find that the fruits of the 
ministry of Christ are as glorious today 
as evei'. Well, there were dozens of con- 
versions much the same last year. It made 
the meeting this year to be a keen antici- 
pation indeed. 

The interest in the meeting this year 
v/as fine from the start. The attendance 
was great. Night after night the building 
was full. At times the platform was cov- 
ered with chairs till there was left but lit- 
tle room for the speaker. This year there 
were more marvelous conversions. It 
would have melted a heart of stone to 
have heard one poor man cry out to God 
for deliverance from the curse of sin in his 
life. Three such men came to Christ on 
the last night when about thirty came out 
for Christ. It does the soul of a preacher 
good to see such things in this day of 're- 
fined salvation' when folks get converted 
with a smile and so little evidence of sor- 
row for the years of wasted life. We be- 
lieve it would change the character of 
many jireachers' message to pass through 
several weeks of meetings like these. It 
puts fire in the heart and iron in the blood 
for Jesus Christ. It makes you to forget 
your own troubles. God has many ways of 
compensating His servants in this world 
of tears. 

Vicco is a coal mining field about fifty 



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five miles southeast of Lost Creek, and 
about twenty miles from Krypton. It is a 
great field in which to win the souls of 
men, and one where many evangelists 
would not choose to go. May God bless 
these dear folks and the faithful preacher 
and his wife who are undergoing many 
sacrifices in order to love these dear peo- 
ple back to God. 



THROUGH Closing our meeting 

SHENANDOAH in Vicco, we drove on 
VALLEY east and north in order 

to visit several points 
that had been asking for aid from the 
Council in various ways. Our first stop 
was at Roanoke, Virginia. We had re- 
ceived request for assistance from the 
congregation at Red Hill, which is a sec- 
tion suburb to Roanoke. The congregation 
has been worshipping with a Church of the 
Brethren group, and, as is the usual case, 
neither congregation grows under such 
circumstances. To press the interests of 
the national organization of either group 
as they should be in order to make real 
progress, almost invariably results in di- 
visive feeling between the two. If one 
group presses evangelism with fervor to 
cause their congregation to grow, it makes 
the other group to feel that there is an 
effort a-foot to dominate the field. There- 
fore, in order to not offend the others, 
neither grouiJ works hard for their own 
interests to make progress, and as a re- 
sult, both suffer. This seems to be the sit- 
uation at Red Hill. We met with these 
folks on a Monday evening and spoke to a 
group of them. We gave them such coun- 
sel as we knew was essential to their well 
being, and trust that they will find a way 
to carry out the plans. There is a great 
work for our people to do with a good 
leader at Red Hill. We are praying that 
God will bless them and give the courage 
to lead out and take the initiative in a 
real program. 

It was a pleasure indeed to spend the 
night with Brother and Sister Herman 
Koontz in Roanoke. God is greatly bless- 
ing that church also, and after the pastor 
has been there for eight years he is as 
greatly loved, and being used as greatly 
for God as ever. While there we also had 
a very fine visit with Brother J. E. Patter- 
son, pastor of that fine and growing 
Chuich at Hollins, Virginia. Brother Pat- 



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terson has been cai'ing also for the Red 
Hill congregation for many years and has 
done a splendid piece of work in keeping 
the Brethren gToup together all these 
years under the circumstances. He feels 
the emphatic need of the changes that we 
recommended at Red Hill. 



BUENA VISTA, Leaving Roanoke, we 
VIRGINIA drove to Buena Vista, 
Virginia, where me met 
with a representative group of folks in our 
Church in that place. -They too, are look- 
ing for a preacher. They have likely found 
their man in Arthur Malles, who gradu- 
ates from Grace Seminary in June. Bro. 
Bernard Schneider, our pastor at Coving- 
ton, Virginia, held a meeting at Buena 
Vista this fall and had eighty decisions, 
and was used of God to stir up that whole 
section for God. Since then he has been 
driving the forty five miles each way 
every week and holding Sunday afternoon 
services for them so as to hold the pro- 
gress made till a permanent pastor could 
be secured. Brother Schneider did a great 
piece of working in awaking this church 
and moving them out to get a regular pas- 
tor and bear a real testimony to that town 
for the whole gospel. 



WINCHESTER, After an hour or so 

VIRGINIA in Buena Vista, we 

drove to Winchester. 
We stopped to see Mrs. Daisy Boyer, of 
Woodstock, Va., on the way. She is a 
faithful supporter of our Home Mission 
work, and one who is keenly alive to the 
affairs of the denomination. We also stop- 
ped in to see Brother and Sister Fi-ed 
Spitzer, at Harrisonburg, Va., also loyal 
supporters of the work of the Home Mis- 
sions Council. We stopped in to see others 
who were not at home. 

At Winchester, we had several hours 
with Norman Uphouse, the successful 
young pastor of the Brethren Church 
there. Under his fine leadership during 
the past year this church has had a re- 
birth of confidence and is setting her sails 
for a great work for God. From here the 
church is reaching out into several sec- 
tions outside the city. Already thr church 
is planning a new building project for her 



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SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA 

The present Pastor of the First Breth- 
ren Church of San Diego arrived in the 
city as the ten meetings conducted by Dr. 
L. S. Bauman were reaching their peak. 
We found on our arrival that those who 
had planned the work thus far under the 
direction of Paul R. Bauman had been 
most wise in their selection both of a per- 
manent location for the Church and also 
the temporary location of the hall in 
which we have been meeting for the past 
months. We found also a highly advertiz- 
ed meeting with the interest running high, 
and Dr. Bauman preaching night after 
night as only he can preach the great mes- 
sages of the Old Book. We found a city 
that is woefully lacking in prophetic teach- 
ing of any kind and thus we found a peo- 
ple hungry for any message that touches 
on the subject of the Second Coming of 



Christ. These i^eople, also, we find are 
ready to listen to the Word of God regard- 
ing matters of the observance of Chris- 
tion Ordinances. As is the case in so many 
cities today we found that many of the 
Churches here have left the preaching of 
the message of the cross as the central 
theme of the Book for the proclamation of 
a social gospl which neither saves nor sat- 
isfies. In the vicinity of the location of 
the Church we found a growing commun- 
ity with building going on at a rapid pace. 
With these observations we were convinc- 
ed that the Lord had called to a field that 
was ripe indeed and ready for a harvest. 
Soon after our arrival, Dr. Bauman had 
to leave for he had already taken four 
weeks out of a busy life to give to the 
founding of a Brethren Church in San 
Diego; then Paul, who had been making 
the trip to San Diego every week from 



growing Sunday School. The Secretary is 
scheduled to conduct an evangelistic cam- 
paign in this city late next Spring. 



DAYTON, After enjoying the splendid 
OHIO hospitality of Brother Coleman 
of Hagerstown, Md., for a 
night we drove on west to Dayton, Ohio, 
for a consultation with Roy Patterson, 
President of the Council, the first since 
National Conference. It was a long trip 
that day, but hardly had we arrived (just 
about supper time) when the telephone 
rang and Brother Russell Barnard asked 
if we would speak a few words at their 
prayermeeting that night. This we did, 
and we haven't seen a more interested 
group of folks at any prayermeeting for a 
long time. There were about a hundred 
in attendance. We saw on the Sunday 
School record that the attendance was up 
over a hundred above what it was last year 



at that time. The Dayton Church is alive 
and growing as never before. The mem- 
bership of the church is interested in its 
work in a keen appreciation of the great 
issues of the moment. Brother Barnard is 
today reaping the rich harvest of his 
years of faithful preaching of the word of 
God, and courageous standing for the 
truth and a separated life. 



HOME Back to Berne next day, we 

AGAIN were greeted by a stack of un- 
answered mail that would frigh- 
ten a hippopotamus! But we waded in, 
and finally got it conquered. We were 
caused to rejoice though, at the sight of 
the Thanksgiving Offering for the Coun- 
cil coming in at about the rate of $600.00 
a day. On another page you will find the 
report of much of what has come in. We 
praise Our God for the way His hand is 
upon us for good. 



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Los Angeles av.d who had been on the 
field constantly during the entire period 
of the tent meetings, had to return to his 
Church in Los Angeles which had so grac- 
iously loaned his services that they might 
have a part in this mission project; the 
tent was pulled down, and the responsibil- 
ity for the work was left with us. We had 
41 in Sunday School that first Sunday and 
08 in the Church Service. This was the 
10th of July. Last Sunday (December 
25th) the Sunday School register read 68 
and it has reached as high as 79. The 
morning church service has been running 
about the same, for the children who go 
home are replaced by adults who arrive in 
time for the morning worship service. As 
soon as we have building facilities, it is 
our opinion that the Sunday School would 
soon reach the 200 mark. Of course this 
is only an opinion. 

On that first Sunday night a young girl 
stepped out to dedicate her life to the Lord 
and join the fellowship of the group, and 
on the following Sunday three more de- 
clared their intention of affiliating. Thus, 
on the third Sunday we had a baptismal 
service in which five candidates were bap- 
tized as a direct result of contacts which 
had been made through Dr. Baumans' tent 
meetings. Others kept coming. Two were 
received by relation August 7th and on 
August 21st twelve were baptized and re- 
ceived into our group. These also came as 
a result of the tent meetings. Among this 
group of twelve v/as a man of 77 who had 
been saved for years but had never been 
immersed. When he saw Trine Immersion 
in the Bible, he wanted to be baptized and 
received into the Church. This man had 
been crippled with arthritis and had not 
been able to walk for many years. It 
seemed an impossible task to baptize him 
because of his crippled condition, but a 
way was figured out and it was our grac- 
ious privilege to baptize this Saint of God. 
Since our arrival we have baptized 26 and 
received three by relation and letter. This 
makes the total Charter Membership to 
date, fifty five. The Charter Membership 
closed the first of the year. 

A date long to be remembered in the 
history of this Church will be October 24, 
1938, at which time a formal organization 
of the Charter Membership was effected. 
Brethren Ashman, Ogden, and Paul Bau- 
man were here to represent the District 
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Missions Council. Brother Ashman pre- 
sided and with a very impressive ceremony 
the Covenant was agreed to and signed 
banding ourselves together into the First 
Brethren Church of San Diego. A con- i 
stitution was then adopted by the new or- f 
ganization and officers were elected the 
following week. This organization has 
been functioning effectively since that ! 
time. I 

Other outstanding events were the ■ 

Thanksgiving Home Mission Offering ! 

which has reached to date upwards of ; 

$155, and a Missionary Conference which ! 

followed. The amount of the offering was I 

brought in by the small gifts of the many i 

who had in mind the building and main- j 

taining of Brethren Churches in other cit- ! 

ies throughout our land. On the Sunday { 

after Thanksgiving, we had in our hall ! 

Peter Deyncka who is the director of the j 

Kussian Gospel Association which is ' 

bringing the Gospel to Russian people all i 

over the world. In addition to giving our j 

people a voice in this work, this meeting I 

caused us to see how easy a time we have j 

as compared with the sufferings of those [ 

who name the Name of Christ under the i 
fear of persecution. We were able to at- 
tract many throughout the city to our hall 
in this two day Missionary Conference. 

The great need at present is for a build- 1 
ing. A great amount of growth will not \ 
be possible until some sort of a building 
of our own is placed on the lots which 
were purchased (but which have not as 
yet been paid for). The consensus of opin- 
ion of many including the Mission Board 
is for a first unit to be erected on the rear 
of the lot adaquate to suit our needs for a 
time and which will be valuable as a Sun- 
day School unit later. When this is free 
of debt, we can then expand and build the 
main auditorium on to this first unit. The 
hall in which we meet is clean and com- 
fortable, but entirely too small and inad- 
aquate to provide for growth. We are thus 
looking to the Lord to supply us with a 
building which we are confident He will do 
through the prayers and gifts of God's 
people. 

In this group of believers in San Diego, 
we have found a loyalty and faithfulness 
second to none. These people are on fire 
for the Lord and His Church with a zeal 
to work for His Name's sake. We have 
now banded together a group of splendid 
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invaluable in their assistance to the Pas- 
tor and the Church. 

It has been a little less than six months 
since we arrived. This has given us but 
little more than time enough to get our 
feet on the ground. The field is ripe, the 
people are faithful and willing, and we be- 
lieve that the Lord is going to continue to 
do great things for us. The future of the 
work in San Diego, we trust, will speak 
for itself. 

ALBERT L. FLORY. 



FORT WAYNE, INDIANA 

I have been reminded that the Brethren 
have not had any published word of the 
work in our Fort Wavne Church for over 
six months. It is not because things have 
not been going forward, for they have. 
One hesitates to tell of their own work 
and yet we realize that no one is better 
fitted to tell of the work than the one who 
is on the job. 

We have enjoyed our new church home 
now seven months. They have truly been 
seven months filled with the choicest of 
God's blessings upon us. The finest since 
the beginning of the work here in Fort 
Wayne. In the words of Matthew 9:8, 
"When the multitude saw it (and we take 
liberty to add, our new church) they mar- 
velled. ..." Yes, multitudes have visited us 
from the Atlantic to the Pacific. In go- 
ing over the visitors cards, we have enjoy- 
ed the fellowship of Brethren from eleven 
states and the District of Columbia. At 
this writing we were interrupted by a 
party of five who desired to see the paint- 
ings, which they heard of in Arkansas, 
where they reside. These were not from 
a Brethren church. It certainly makes us 
to rejoice with our Brethren and others, 
when they too, see what God hath done for 
the Church at Fort Wayne. 

Brethren, we appreciate your interest in 
us and your prayers for us. Your interest 
has been in many cases quite substantial. 
For, after looking upon what God hath so 
wonderfully made possible for us in this 
new Church building, many have encour- 
aged us with splendid gifts toward the re- 
tiring of our indebtedness. Some not mem- 
bers of the Brethren Church, but who feel 
we have a grand opportunity in this city 
and who know we have a message for 
these last days, have helped us also. All 
gifts whether large or small have been ap- 
preciated. And you will rejoice with us 



when you know that only $4500.00 remains 
as a debt against this property that is es- 
timated to be worth over $15,000.00. Of 
course not all the building is yet complet- 
ed, though very little remains to be done 
in the auditorium proper. Each week men 
of the Church spend much time in labor in 
completing Sunday School rooms and other 
needs for the church. 

For those who have not only been in- 
terested, but have also prayed for our 
work here, and there are manv, some re- 
port of what has been happening by way 
of visible results would be enlightening 
and encouraging. The first five months of 
1938 or our last months in the little church 
we baptized 12. Of these we received 11 
into Church membership. In the last 7 
months of 1938, or our first in our new 
church home, without special revival or 
evangelistic services excepting of course, 
in our regular Sunday services, we have 
baptized 39 of which 30 have already been 
received into Church membership. The 
remainder are to be received this next 
Sunday. In other words, Fort Wa^^me 
Church has enjoyed a time of real revival 
throughout the whole year with an aver- 
age of almost one new member per Sun- 
day. For 51 additions have been made this 
past year. Is it any wonder, "When the 
multitude saw it, they marvelled, and glor- 
ified God, which had given such i^ower un- 
to men?" 

We have seen the sick restored. We 
have seen the sin sick brought to Christ, 
the Lord. We have seen homes reestab- 
lished. Whole households have turned to 
Christ, their Lord. We have seen marvel- 
lous growth in Christian experiences in 
lives of many. We have seen many get 
victory from tobacco habits. We have seen 
prayers and testimonies come forth from 
those who were timid or new born babes 
in Christ. What pastor could not rejoice 
with such victories? 

Our prayer meeting has reached the 55 
mark in attendance. Bible studv is enjoy- 
ed and relished. Our Bible School has 
readied the 170 mark. Sunday morning 
Worship services increased ST'/r over that 
of the same period in 1937. The Sunday 
evening services have increased 919r over 
that of the same period in 1937. The Sun- 
day School has had and increase of 24%. 
The Sisterhood of Mary and Martha So- 
ciety, the Woman's Missionary Society and 
the Alexander Mack's Fishermans Club, 
all have had a notable increase in interest 



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and attendance. Brethren, shouldn't we 
be glad? Shouldn't you rejoice with us? 
Your investment in Fort Wayne is now 
paying dividends! 

Financially speaking we are making 
progress. It is hoped that this New Year 
may see such progress that we may be able 
to report a self supporting church by an- 
other yea,r. It is the pastor's desire to 
have this church, in the four years that we 
Avill have been with them, accomplish this 
goal, and that they care for themselves 
and then begin to help in a very substan- 
tial way, some other struggling church. 
For this church w-^ll remembers the 10 
years or so of real struggles. Death in 
sight many times. And dead it would have 
been had it not been for the faithfulness 
of one or two families and Rev. R. Paul 
Miller, who could not see that this church 
had to close. They saw a future here for 
the Brethren. They were right. For new 
life and enthusiasm have taken hold of 
the work. Men and women with a vision 
of the lost are praying, working and giv- 
ing to bring the lost unto Christ. This will 
revive any work. 

Brethren, your missionary dollars have 
saved another church for Christ and this 
people in Fort Wayne. And they are 
grateful. "Being confident of this very 
thing, that he which hath begun a good 
work in you (in us) will perform it until 
the day of Jesus Christ." 

Pray with us for even greater victories. 
When in these parts it would be a pleasure 
to have you visit our Church. See "Amer- 
ica's most beautiful tabernacle type audi- 
torium." This is not our opinion, but that 
of those who have traveled much among 
the churches and tabernacles of this land. 

May His richest blessings, gTace and 
peace be your portion throughout the New 
Year and until He Comes! 



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who do not even think enough of the 
Brethren Church to join it. If this is the 
sort of thing that is called "loyalty" to 
the Brethren Church, then words mean 
nothing. And the tendency becomes a 
thousand times more c'angerous when the 
outsiders thus admitted to positions of con- 
trol are men of great wealth and religious- 



ly liberal or indifferent. Denominations 
have a hard enough time trying to defend 
themselves from unbelief on the inside 
v/ithout opening the doors to it from the 
outside. 

Fourth, both the Seminary and the 
Council stand together for a fearless, ag- 
gressive, and Biblical program of soul- 
winyiing, both at home and abroad. We 
feel that often too much time is spent in 
m.erely "getting folks into the church," in- 
stead of getting them born again. And we 
hold that the New Birth is vastly more 
important than an enlarged church roll. 
The bringing of men into Christ through 
the New Birth requires evangelism which 
is both intelligent and personal. Onr 
young people must be encouraged and 
taught to bear witness to the lost in every 
possible way, both by personal testimony 
and by the printed tract. The preachers 
and teachers of the church cannot do all 
of this that needs to be done, but they 
should be willing to do some of it as an 
example to others. The preacher who feels 
himself above this kind of work will never 
be a real winner of souls, nor ever inspire 
others to win them. It is the very essence 
of modernism to frown upon this direct 
type of evangelism, and substitute for it 
"Preaching Missions", "Religious Empha- 
sis" meetings, and "Church Visitation" 
campaigns. If you want to see the down- 
ward tendency, consider the powerful 
Y.M.C.A., which began years ago as an 
aggressive soul-winning institution and 
has become today perhaps the most thor- 
oughly modernistic organization in Chris- 
tendom. The Brethren Home Missions Coun- 
cil stands for the kind of evangelism that 
is being abandoned and ridiculed on every 
hand, the only kind that brings sinners out 
of death into eternal life. And the Coun- j 
cil Secretary not only preaches and | 
teaches it, but by personal example he has | 
exemplified it through the years of his I 
fruitful ministry. 

Fifth, both Grace Seminary and the I 
Missions Council stand together for a Bi- \ 
hlical revival of old fashioned prayer. Not ] 
the kind of prayer which is read out of j 
books, and therefore utterly powerless, but i 
spontaneous and fervent, the kind ofi 
prayer that begins in humble confession I 
of sin and ends in spiritual exaltation and I 
power. We believe in more prayermeetings j 
where the time is spent in prayer, not ' 
merely talking about the value of prayer. \ 
And we are not afraid of tears and emo- ! 



Febnmry, 1939 



19 



tion, for we have learned that the Lord 
still loves a "broken and ^ contrite heart." 
Such prayer, we have learned also, cannot 
be worked up by human devices. It must 
come down from a Sovereign God. If the 
cause of Brethren Missions is to advance 
and prosper, whether at home or abroad, 
there must be hours and days of such 
prayer, meetings in which the Holy Spirit 
alone takes complete charge. 

These are a few of the reasons why 
Grace Seminary is happy to cooperate in 
every possible way with the Missions 
Council in its important program, to the 
end that the Body of Christ may be built 
up, and that the great and precious truths 
for which we stand as Brethren may be 
made known more widely and believed by 
those who are saved by His precious Blood. 
May the Lord Himself bless the work of 
the Council, its responsible officers, its 
secretary, the missions it supports, and all 
those who pray and give for its support. 

Akron. Ohio. 



1939_WHAT IS THE PROSPECT? 

(Continued from Page 9) 

divine signal for the rise of AntiChrist 
(2 Thess. 2:6-8). One of the first steps 
to be taken by this Master-mind in his 
rise to world power will be to make a 
treaty with the Jews (Dan. 9:26, 27 A.R. 
v.). According to scripture the treaty 
will provide for the rebuilding of the tem- 
ple in Jerusalem, and the general resump- 
tion of Jewish rites, ceremonies, and wor- 
ship. All of the indications are that the 
Jews will actually Ink upon this incarna- 
tion of the devil as their long expected 
Messiah. The blindness of Israel is amaz- 
ing, and yet perhaps not so much so when 
we consider some Gentiles For at least 
three and one-half years the Jews will 
revel in their new found freedom under 
th*^ devil's man, but at the close of that 
period he will turn and rend the mas a 
wild beast. Then the cry of Israel will be 
heard. "Fooled again." However, 1939, 
and three adn one-half hence would prove 
to be far happier and more proseprous 
for Abraham's seed if Christ should come. 
II. 
The second great class about whom God 
speaks in His eternal counsels may be 
called the Gentiles, or Nations. At once it 
will be apparent that our subject must ove 
will be apparent that our subject must over- 



lap a bit here because both the Jews and 
the Church of Jesus Christ are integral 
units among the nations today. 

"As the days of Noah were, so shall al- 
so the coming of the Son of man be" (Mt. 
24:37, also 38, 39). Our Lord was present 
and a member of the committee when an 
inspection of conditions in the days of 
Noah was made by almighty God. There- 
fore, He possessed a first hand knowledge, 
and was adequately prepared to give us 
this choice bit of prophecy, which provides 
the key to much thai is taking place in the 
world. 

"For as in the days before the flood 
came they were eating and drinking", etc. 
There is suiely nothing sinful about eat- 
ing and drinking providing the proper 
food and drink in the right amounts are 
consumed. A prominent scientist of our 
nation recently said, "The American na- 
tion is eating and drinking itself into the 
grave." Last years liquor bill for Ameri- 
ca was $5,000,000,000. This is only fifty 
percent less than the nations total bill for 
food and clothing. Today we have one 
licensed saloon for every 209 population, 
including childi-en. Our present adminis- 
tration has assisted us greatly in this re- 
spect. 

They were "marrying and giving in 
marriage." Rem.embering that marriage is 
a divine institution we immediately con- 
clude that the antediluvians must have 
been in some way pei'verting these sacred 
vows. Perhaps they were doing it the 
"Hollywood way", easy-come, easy-go, via 
Reno. Increasing every year and up to 
1935, 16 out of every 100 marriages were 
annulled in our country. The number is 
steadily going higher. Marriage has thus 
taken the form of a sort of legalized or 
"refined" way of committing adultery. 

"For ye shall hear of wars and rumors 
of wars". Does any thinking man, Chris- 
tian or unbeliever, need any more convin- 
cing evidence than his daily newspaper to 
prove the truth and fulfillment of this 
pr^ophecy? If this world is not transform- 
ed in 1939 into a gigantic "slaughter- 
house", we certainly cannot blame Mr. 
Hitler, and Mussolini, and some others of 
this world's rulers. 

The crime waves which have spread con- 
tagions across the face of the earth show 
no signs of decrease. Juvenile court calen- 
dars are lined with the names of boys, 
and girls who have been sent to see "the 
best shows" in town by deluded parents 



who think thus to evidence their parental 
affection. Anyone consulting the World 
Almanac for 1938 can see the picture at a 
glance. Truly in the words of Paul to Tim- 
othy, "perilous times" ARE HERE. 

Industry, at best, is a very flexible and 
uncertain commodity. But, regardless of 
hov/ we may try to divorce the two, we 
will always see reflected there to a certain 
extent the spiritual condition of a people. 
God blesses those who recognize and wor- 
ship Him, not only with spiritual, but also 
with physical blessings. The $39,- 
000,000,000 debt, $303 per capita, the lax- 
ity in industry, the so-called "depression," 
in our nation, are surely the direct results 
of the chronic American habit of ignoring 
God. This holds in both public and private 
life. The nation that FORGETS GOD is 
FORGOTTEN BY GOD except as deserv- 
ing of His wrath. If Jesus Christ yet tar- 
ries in 1939 these conditions and many 
others of similar nature will be greatly 
intensified. 

Bible students should keep intelligent 
eyes on the most disastrous and powerful 
of all "isms", namely Fascism. "Revive 
the Roman Empire", echoes from the pal- 
ace halls of Rome. Recent changes in the 
map of Europe have strongly indicated 
that the Empire is in the process of for- 
mation. May we have the temerity to pre- 
dict that the last day of 1939 will disclose 
new and amazing developments in this re- 
spect. 

Simultaneous with, or shortly after the 
appearance of Christ for His saints, the 
Man of Sin is scheduled to begin his vict- 
orious march to world power (Rev. 6:1, 
2). He will probably ai'ise out of a portion 
of the old Roman Empire. Using the same 
tactics as Hitler and Mussolini, he will 
march his armies with successive victories 
over the kings of the north and south, and 
all his enemies will bs ignominiously de- 
feated. These successful campaigns will 
usher him into the position of World Dic- 
tator (Rev. 13:7). "And power was given 
him over ail kindreds, and tongues, artd 
nations." It is certain that during his 
rise to power the world will see some of 
its bloodiest and cruelest conflicts, just 
preceding the war of Armageddon. How 
much time will be consumed in this trans- 
fer of world power is not specifically stat- 
ed. At least, it may be concluded that with 
the deadly engines of war and facilities at 
his disposal, his military genius together 
with the superhuman power of Satan 



The Brethren Herald. 

which is given him, a matter of only a 
few months would be needed. Then again, ' 
he may need most of the first part of the ' 
Tribulation Period. After his attainment i 
to world power he will bring a reign of 
peace and prosperity in practically every 
realm. So, viewed from either angle, the 
picture for the nations in 1939 is dark and 
forbidding. 

HI. 

It is a great ])leasure to write, think oi' 
speak of the Bride of the Lord of Glory, 
wlio is dearer to His heart than the sweet- 
heart of Solomon was to the King (Eph. 
5:2.5b). This Bride is composed of th'- 
choicest material the Great Potter could 
mold from fallen humanity, both Jew and 
Gentile. She is a living organism of which 
Christ is the illustrious Head. Only those 
who have come to know Him in an experi- 
ential fashion can claim membership in 
this invisible Church. The Bridegroom is 
at iii'esent in a far country, while the 
Bride sojourns in a foreign land. Thus the 
members of the Heavenb' Spouse may ex- 
pect such treatment as is usually accord- 
ed foreigners. The Lord has aptly and ac- 
curately represented the lot of His saints 
as one of persecution and tribulation 
(John 15:18-21). Church history adds its 
indelible testim.onv to the sacred account. 
Governmental pov/ers are making it their 
special busiress to persecute the Church 
ai^d close the doors of God's sanctuaries. 
Russia and Germany provides ample illus- 
trations. 

A far more deadly influence is now at 
work in the true and visible Church. The 
leaven of apostasy, which reared its ugly 
head in the time of the Pharisees and Sad- 
ducees, has continued to leaven the whole 'I 
lump until we are constrained to wonder 
by times if the Lord will be able to "find 
faith on the earth" when He comes. Men 
who love the Word and its author with an i 
undying love refuse to dilute and com- i 
promise it. The result is an organized con- | 
spiracy of those wiio have "departed from 
the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, 
and doctrines of devils", and the true ser- 
vant of God is "ousted" from his position 
or church. The history of denominations 
to this time is mute proof of the fact that 
NO SINGLE ONE IS FREE FROM 
THIS BLIGHT. "For the time will come 
when they will not endure sound doctrine; 
but after their own lusts shall they heap 
to themselves teachers having itching 
ears," etc. (2 Tim. 4:3, 4). Unfortunate- 



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21 



I WE ARE MAKING A NEW MAILING LIST S 

I f 

%■ In order to get this new Home Mission magazine into every o 

^ possible Brethren home we are urging every pastor to make it ;| 

o a special point to see that a name and address is sent to us for % 

o o 

^ every five dollars of his total offering sent to the Brethren Home '^ 

% Missions Council. It costs but little more to send out an extra % 

<> thousand copies of the magazine, once it is made up. There is no '^ 

|; more effective way of increasing the work of Home Missions '| 

O throughout the Brotherhood than increasing the circulation of % 

^ our Home Missions magazine. o 

f^ 



ly, this apostasy has even found its subtle 
way into the hearts of God's "elect." The 
blindness of born-again people to the cun- 
ning sophistries of Satan is one of the 
"wonders of the world," and certainly a 
conclusive "sign of the times." In brief, if 
Christ does not appear in 1939 to rapture 
His saints, the Word predicts an ever wid- 
ening apostasy of the professing Church, 
and an increased persecution of the true 
Church. 

As the Lord provided the "best wine" 
last at the feast of Cana, we now rejoice 
in the prospect for the Bride if Christ re- 
turns in 1939. Paul's blessed words to the 
Thessalonian Christians (1 — 4:13-18), will 
be gloriously fulfilled. From the whole 
circumference and face of this earth, from 
the depths of the sea, and wherever one 
of God's regenerated children is to be 
found, there will issue a glorified company 
converging in an "air-meeting" with their 
Savior. The joy of the Bride at meeting 
her Bridegroom will only be superseded by 
His love for her. Incorruptible bodies, no 
more sin, pain, death, sorrow, grief and 
despair, a place of abode in the Holy City 
where kings and priests dwell, a wardrobe 
made of the righteousness of the saints, a 
marriage supper the like of which has nev- 
er graced the face of the earth or Heaven 
(Rev. 19:7-9), and great rewards for 
faithful service rendered; all of this and 



infinitely more await us in 1939 if our 
Lord returns. EVEN SO, COME LORD 
JESUS. 

In conclusion, let us not forget the sol- 
emnity of that picture which will be pre- 
sented in many churches on the first Sun- 
day following the rapture. Church build- 
ings will probably be filled to capacity. 
Most of the "oncers" will be there twice. 
Pi'obably many professed ambassadors of 
God will assume their usual place behind 
the sacred desk. Perhaps one will hear 
angry interrogations from the pew, "Why 
did you not warn us of the coming of the 
Lord?" Back will come the retort, "I did- 
n't know, or I was afraid I would lose my 
job", etc. A great many ministers and 
members of the professing church are due 
for just such a rude awakening in 1939 if 
He comes. Consider also the millions of 
unsaved remaining outside the church. 

Surely every true Christian can see his 
task "for today." Our earthly service will 
not be ended until the "trump sounds." 
Pray for revival, live a revival, evangelize 
the lost, testify unflinchingly for the Sav- 
ior. The Brethren Home Missions Council 
represents one of God's great agencies for 
evangelization until He comes. The pros- 
pect for 1939 may be made brighter by 
the work of the Council for -Jew, Gentile, 
and the professing chuj'ch, if we pray and 
support in a generous fashion. 



REPORT OF THANKSGIVING OFFERING 

Note: All sums are for the general fund except those, designated as follows: 

(Co) Compton; (Ft. W) Fort Wayne; (E) Evangelism; (Ju) Juniata; (M.W.) 
Midwest; (L.G.W.) Lyda Carter Walter. 



Rev. & Mrs. Chauncey Sheldon, 




French Equitorial Africa (L.C.W.) 5.00 


Wm. Johanson, 




Shipshewana, Indiana. 




(New Paris, Indiana Church) 


25.00 


Samuel Anderson, 




Roann, Indiana 


5.00 


Mr. & Mrs. L. L. Funk, 




Needmore, W. Va. 


5.00 


Mrs. Ed Warnock, 




Bristol, Ind 


5.00 


Mrs. Rose T. Replogle, 




Oaklyn, N. J. 


1.00 


Mr. & Mrs. Frank Coover. 




Harbor Springs, Mich. 


2.00 


Mrs. N. F. McDonald, 




Milford. Ind. 


5.00 


Mrs. Belle Zook, 




Huntington, Ind. 


5.00 


Herbert C. Richert, 




Hillsboro. Kans. 


5.00 


E. Agues Senseman, 




Tippecanoe City, Ohio 


5.00 


Mrs. R. R. Beach, 




Kenton, Ohio 


2.00 


Mrs. Maggie Strayer, 




Hudson. Iowa. 


6.00 


Dr. & Mrs. J. W. Tibbals, 




Panora, Iowa. 


10.00 


Mr. A. B Johnson, 




Roland, Ark. 


1.00 


Elsie Early, 




Chicago, 111. 


2.00 


Mrs. Velina Kent. 




Wakarusa, Ind. 


6.00 


Beckie C. Smith, 




Bedford, Pa. 


10.00 


Mrs. Bonnie E. Ashton, 




West Alexandria, Ohio 


5.00 


Mr. & Mrs. Russell Hoover, 




Highland. Pa. 


5.00 


A Loyal Friend 


50.00 


Mr. & Mrs. Dale Ulbricht, 




South Bend, Ind. (Co) 


7.00 


Miss Jo. L. Morris, 




Anderson, Ind. (Ft. W.) 


5.00 


Mrs. C. A. Will 




Rockwood, Pa. 


15.00 


Grace Prayer Band, 




North Liberty. Indiana 


10.00 


Moses Royer, 




Morrill, Kans. 


5.00 


Mrs. Vesta Cobb. 




Neihart, Mont. 




(Roanoke ,Ind. Church) 


10.00 


Rev. & Mrs. Hill Maconaghy. 




South America 


10.00 


Mr. & Mrs. E. C. Moser, 




Clavsville, Pa. 


5.00 


Mrs. H. S. Enslow, 




Ottawa, Kans. 




(Fort Scott, Church) 


2.00 



Rev. Ord Gehman, 

Conemaugh, Pa. 

(Vinco Church) 
Mrs. Barbara Musser, 

Nappanee, Indiana 
Mrs. R. H. Aeby, 

Indianapolis, Indiana 
1st Brethren Church, 

Beaver City. Nebr. 

Maurine Miller 

Mr. & Mrs. Geo. Seibert & Helen 

Mrs. Viva Kitchens (E) (Gen) 



5.00 
5.00 



10.00 



5.00 
30.00 
20.00 



Total 


55.00 


Mr. Walter R. Ronemous, 




Charleston, S. C. 


5.00 


Mrs. A. F. Williams, 




McLouth, Kans. 


5.00 


]st Brethren Church, 




Des Moines. Iowa 


45.00 


1st Brethren Church, 




Waynesboro, Pa. 




Men's Bible Class 


16.30 


Friendship Class 


16.00 


A Friend 


10 00 


A Friend 


10 00 


Philathea B. Class 


10.00 


Jr. C. E. Society 


10.00 


Lulu B. Minnich 


10.00 


Mr. & Mrs. John Willard 


10.00 


B. L. Stains 


10.00 


E. H. Bearinger 


10.00 


Junior Dept. 


8.00 


Delia J. Highbarger 


5.00 


Mr. & Mrs. Wm. Kriner 


6.00 


Rev. R D. Crees 


10.00 


Mrs. R. D. Crees 


. 5.00 


Rosemary Crees 


5.00 


Dorothy Crees 


5.00 


Mrs. Jennie Crees 


5.00 


Melvin Rock 


5.00 


Hvpatia Snider 


5.00 


Chas. W. Alter 


5.00 


Mr. D. C. Sheeley 


5.00 


W. M. S. 


5.00 


H. R. Hoover 


5.00 


Signal Lights 


5.00 


Mr. Carl Sheeley 


5.00 


Mr. Geo. H. Sweeny 


5.00 


True Blue Workers Class 


5.00 


W. E. Bearinger 


5.50 


A Friend 


5.00 


J, Ed. Cordell 


5.00 


Offerings less than $5.00 


64.45 



Total 

Abundant Life Bible Class, 
Modesto. Calif. 
Mr. & Mrs. C. P. Grubb 
Mr. & Mrs. A. E. Bowman 
Mr. Earl Bowman 



291.25 



10.00 

13.85 

5.00 



February, 1939 



23 



Rev. & Mrs Earl Studebaker 
Dilwvn Studebaker 
Mr. & Mrs. B. B. HolRate 
Mr. & Mrs. K. W Holp^ate 

Total 

1st Brethren Church, 

' Lonj? Beach, California. 

Wetherbee, A. W. 

Esser, Mr. & Mrs. W. J. 

Strong, W. W. 

Doney, Lee 

Donev, Mr. & Mrs. S. G. 

McConahav,- Mr. & Mrs. R. J 

Wormer, Mrs. L. E. 

Spang'ler. Wm 

Feller, Jesse and family- 
Beck. J. W. 

Anthony, Mr. & Mrs. J. M. 

Crazier, Mr. & Mrs. 
R. T. and family 

Downing. Mr. & Mrs. Chas. 

Brown, R. W. 

Waller, Mrs. Dwight E. 

Waller, Mr. D wight E. 

Peters, Mr. & Mrs. Dale 
' Salmi, Henry 

Hildreth, Chas. and Lee 
V Thompson. Maurice 
' Hughes, Dr. and Mrs. M. W. 

Gnagy, Miss Elizabeth 

Fairbanks, Mrs. Clara F. 

White, Miss Nettie I. 

Sargent, Mr. & Mrs. E. J. 

Newland, Harry R. 
, Roberson. D. 0. 

Nichols, Chas. J. 
/ Garwood. Mr. & Mrs. Wm. E. 

Wilbur. M Lavernie 

Belt, Mr. & Mrs. C. T. 

Ballantyne, Mrs. Lillian 

Loef , Mr. & Mrs. C. H. 

Welton, Mr. & Mrs. C. H. 

Kashishian, Mr. & Mrs. 
' Smallwood, J. S. 

Heater, Mrs. Caroline 

Dunbar, Dora B. 

Auge, Mr. & Mrs. C. C. 

Sturdy, Mrs. M. E. 

Frady. Luther C 

Brison, Susie M. 

Geisler, Mr. & Mrs. Jesse 

Snively, Edna and Ralph 

Powell, Mrs. Florence 

Richardson, Mr. & Mrs. S. 

Liggett, Mr. & Mrs. D. W. 

Steffen, Mrs Amiel 
. Hinkel, H, R. and family 

Johnson, Mrs. Anna M. 

Yoder, Mrs. Sarah C. 

Pearson, Claude and family 

Coon, Miss Vivian 

Thayer, Mr. & Mrs. L. E. 

Monroe, K. M. 

Strobele, Mr. & Mrs. Cal 



10.00 


West, Mr. & Mrs. G. S. 


10.00 


5.00 


Bauman, Louis S. 


25.00 


2.50 


Bauman, Mrs. Louis S. 


10.00 


2.50 


Stevens, R. E. and family 


25.00 




Nelson, Miss Beulah 


5.00 




48.85 


Ketcherside, Mr. & Mrs. 


10.00 




Woodmansee, Mrs. Katherine 


5.00 




Wilson, Mary S. 


5.00 




Crawford, H. L. 


5.00 


20.00 


Van Petten, Mr. & Mrs. 


10.00 


500 


Keller. Miss Lillian 


10.00 


5.00 


Roy, Mr. & Mrs. Fred 


5.00 


5.00 


Melton, Mr. & Mrs. Earl 


5.00 


10.00 


Nelson, Dr. & Mrs. 0. A. 


5.00 


25.00 


Keeler, Mr &Mrs. J. E. 


10.00 


10.00 


Marvin, Mr. & Mrs. L. W. 


10.00 


5.00 


Smith, Sterling P. 


5.00 


5.00 


Smith, Mrs. S. P. 


5.00 


10.00 


Gunn, Mr. & Mrs. John 


25.00 


5.00 


Askins, Mr. & Mrs. H. B. 


5.00 




Turpin, Wm E. 


15.00 


5.00 


Kellogg, Mrs. Luella 


13.00 


5.00 


F.ulach, Eva E. 


5.00 


10.00 


Bergen, Mr. & Mrs. T. H. 


5.00 


12.50 


Kindig, Mr. & Mrs. Frank 


10.00 


12.50 


Keeler. Mrs. Margreta 


10.00 


10.00 


Keeler, Fred A. 


10.00 


5.00 


Miller, Mrs. Mary E. 


15.00 


5.00 


Beaver, Mr. & Mrs. 


25.00 


10.00 


Voorhees, Mr. & Mrs. D. 


20.00 


5.00 


Coplin, Mr. & Mrs. W. I. 


50.00 


5.00 


Mintzer, Chas. L. 


20.00 


5.00 


Grove, Mrs. Frona 


10.00 


25.00 


Andrews, Mr. & Mrs. C. D. 


100.00 


5.00 


Pearce, Rev. & Mrs. A. S. 


20.00 


5.00 


Andrews, Mr. & Mrs. L. E. 


10.00 


25.00 


Coon, Mr. & Mrs. W. B. 


5.00 


10.00 


Mitchell, Morton 


10.00 


10.00 


Halberg, Mr. & Mrs. C. F. 


5.00 


10.00 


Hansen, Mr. & Mrs. L. 


7.00 


25.00 


Voorhees, E, L. 


5.00 


5.00 


Simms, Eva 


15.00 


7.00 


Scott, Mr. & Mrs. Earl 


10.00 


5.00 


Seelig, Mabel A. 


5.00 


8.89 


Hocking, Donald 


5.00 


5.00 


Hocking, Mrs. Ethel 


10.00 


6.00 


Hocking, George 


10.00 


5.00 


Judd, Mr. & Mrs. John I. 


5.00 


5.00 


Murdock, M. L. 


5.00 


5.00 


Melton, Mr. & Mrs. J. B. 


5.00 


5.00 


Davis, Mr. & Mrs. Drew 


5.00 


5.00 


Spurrier, Mr. & Mrs. A. H. 


10.00 


5.00 


Studebaker, Paul C. 


10.00 


15.00 


Cassel, H. C. 


5.00 


5.00 


Swinton, Miss Bessie 


15.00 


5.00 


Hearn, Mrs. W. S. 


5.00 


10.00 


Hill, Mrs. Lenore 


5.00 


5.00 


Stevens, Edmund 


5.00 


10.00 


Coon, Mr. & Mrs. B. W. 


50.oa 


5.00 


Margaret Johnson 


5.00 


5.00 


Harry Skiles 


5.00 


5.00 


Mary and Katherine Mulloy 


5.00 


5.00 


Alexander, Mrs. Susie 


7.00 


5.00 


Bearss, Mrs. J. W. 


5.00 


10.00 


Eye, Mrs. G. E. 


75.00 


15.00 


Harmonson, Mr. & Mrs. Leo 


5.00 



2U 



The BretWen Herald 



Mr. & Mrs. Cameron Sparks 15.00 

Stous, Mr. & Mrs. Paul 10.00 

Verson, Alice lO.OO 

Mr. & Mrs. C. E. King 10.00 

Gifts less then $5.00 196.11 

Abe Bowman 25.00 

Harry F. Lorenz 5.00 



Evangelistic fund, Miscellaneous 2.00 



Total 


1,600.00 


t Brethren Church, 




Dallas Center, Iowa 




Mrs. Sarah Buterbaugh 


5.00 


Mr. & Mrs. Conrad Greif 


5.00 


Mr. & Mrs. Noah Hawbaker 


5.00 


Mr. & Mrs. Glen Hoover 


5.00 


Mr. & Mrs. C. A. Royer 


5.00 


Mr & Mrs E. B. Robinson 


5.00 


W. M. S. 


6.31 


Brethren S. S 


5.46 


Mr. & Mrs. D. F. Hoover 


6.00 


Mr. I. W. Herr and family 


5.00 


Gifts less than $5.00 


27.35 



Total 

1st Brethren Church, 
Altoona, Pa. 



80.12 



Sunday School 10.00 

Women's Missionary Society 5.00 
Sr. Sisterhood of Mary and Martha 5.00 

Christian Endeavor Society 5.00 

Brethren Crusaders Class 6.10 
Jr. Sisterhood of Mary and Martha 2.00 

Home department 2.00 

Rev. Rossman and family 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. S. J. Davis 5.00 

Rev. H. C. Hammond and family 9.00 

Mr. & Mrs. A. J. Fyock 5.00 

General offering 50.13 

Miscellaneous (Ju) 2.50 



Total 116.73 

1st Brethren Church, 
Clayton, Ohio 

Rev. & Mrs. A. D. Cashman 25.00 

Miss Lillie Landis 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Ray Landis 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. V/. P. R. Shank 5.00 

Mrs. Ruth Waymire 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Beryl Whiting 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. W. A. Siefer 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. E. E. Zeisert 10.00 

Women's Class 2.50 

Miscellaneous 3.78 

Total 81.28 

1st Brethren Church, 
Portis, Kans. 

T. N. Garner, (M.W.) 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. W. L. Brumbaugh 5.00 

Maggie Emma Peterson 5.00 

Charley Knoll 5.00 

. Miscellaneous 12.50 



Total 

1st Brethren Church, 
McKee, Pa. 

King's Daughters Class (E) 
Young Men's Class 
Sunshine Class 
Harry Greenleaf 
E. F. Beringer 
Mr. & Mrs. W. W. Wertman 
Gifts less than $5.00 
Gifts less than $5.00 (E) 

Total 

Bethel Brethren Church, 
Berne, Indiana. 
Mr. & Mrs. B. C. Fetters 
Mrs. Carroll Parr 
Victor Kuhn 
Elsie Kuhn 
John Kuhn 
Mrs. Wm. H, Smitley 
Mr. & Mrs. Karl Kauffman 
Addie E. Sipe 
Glen Meyers 
Archie Parr 
Lillie Kuhn 
Lorys Witter 
Florence Smitley 
Cecil E. Smitley 
Mrs. R. J: Witter 
W^m. H. Smitley 
R. J. Witter (E) (Gen) 
Fundation Builders 
Sunday School 

Total 

1st Brethren Church, 
San Diego, Calif. 
Mrs. Evelyn Buchan 
Mrs. Jessie Coons 
Rev A. L. Flory 
Helen Gustofson 
Sephas Hopkins 
W. W. Hall and family 
Mr. & Mrs. H. E. Lange 
Jack Lange 
Helen Lange 
Lucille MacDougal 
Evelyn Presnell 
Mr. & Mrs. R. A. Laughlin 
C. W. Smith and family 
Mr & Mrs. Roland B. Smith 
Gordon Svelmoe 
Julie Svelmce 
Young Peoples C. E. 
A Friend 

Banks and gifts less than $5.00 
Herbert Smith 



Total 



34.50 



5.00 
5.50 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 
10.00 
4.35 
4.54 



44.39 



25.00 

5.00 

10.00 

12.00 

10.00 

7.00 

15.00 

50.00 

20.00 

10.00 

10.00 

5.00 

5.00 

5.00 

30.00 

5.00 

10.00 

13.71 

252.29 

500.00 : 



5.00 
10.00 
12.55 
2.00 
5.00 
16.00 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 
6.07 
5.60 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 
30.37 
2.00 

146.19 



(To be continued) 



THE 




BRETHREN 


HERALD 


Official organ 


of 


THE BRETHREN HOME MISSIONS COUNCIL 



Volume 1 No. 2 \ 

Application for entry as second class matter is pending. 

R. Paul Miller, editor 

Paul R. Bauman Roy A. Patterson 

associate editors 

OUR FIRST EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE SESSION 

The Secretary of the Home Missions Council has had a part in many executive com- 
mittee meetings in behalf of Home Missions in the Brethren Church, covering many 
years of work. In all our recollection there has never been such a meeting in the past 
wherein such harmony, and such unity of mind and purpose, such joy in the blessing 
of God, such faith in the working of God, such dependence upon prayer to bring suc- 
cess in difficult problems, having prevailed as in the meeting just held in Berne, in the 
office of the Council. Nor have we ever seen so much real achievement realized in so 
short a time. It is evident that few of us appreciate how lack of unity of spirit and aims 
cut down progress in the Lord's work, or any other work. We believe that it is one of 
Satan's chief ways of slowing down, if not totally defeating, the work of spreading the 
gospel. If he can just sow a spirit of cross-purposes among Brethren to whom are 
committed the ministries of the church, he has done more harm than a dozen infidels 
could do. "How good and beautiful it is for Brethren to dwell together in unity", says 
the Word. Each member of the Executive Committee of the Home Missions Council 
testifies that it is a rich and blessed privilege to "work together" in unity, also. It 
glorifies God and blessed His servants. 

CONTENTS 

Greetings from R. E. Donaldson .... 4 Three Tabernacles that were Never Built 
The Observer 5 Randall L. Rossman 13 

What Difference Does it Make? Shoud A Pastor Interfere? 16 

Oi'ville Lorenz 7 

Our "Unceasing Prayer" Band 10 '^™"^^d the Council Table 17 

Across the Nation with Our Secretary 11 No.es on the Franklinboro Mission . . 18 

Western Kansas 12 Report of Thanksgiving Offering . . 21-31 



{ The Herald is published monthly at the office of The Brethren Publishing Co., 

i 324 Orange Street, Ashland, Ohio, by The Brethren Home Missions Council, 

! Berne, Indiana. 

Subscription rate, fifty cents per year. Those who give five dollars or more 

I per year to the work of the Brethren Home Missions Council will receive this 

I magazine regularly. Fifty cents each is deducted from such gifts to defray 

♦ cost of the magazine. Changes of address should be sent to our office thirty 

I days before they are made to avoid loss of copies. 



Important Recent Decisions of tlie Home Missions Council 

These items were all passed by the Executive Committee at its session at 
the office of the Council at Berne, February fifteenth. Those items that 
involved new projects, or additional expenditure of funds were submitted 
to the entire group of Directors of the Council. 

MOTION : "That we recommend that an appeal be made to the Brother- 
hood for $5000.00 to be granted as a loan for the erection of the first unit 
of the Brethren Church in Cleveland. This loan to be secured by a first 
mortgage on the church property, and to be further secured by a guarantee 
agreement (to assure prompt payment of interest and principal) from the 
Brethren Home Missions Council. That smaller sums be accepted to make 
up this $5000.00 if it cannot be secured in a lump sum." 

MOTION: "That we hold two general sessions of the Council with all 
supporters and friends at our coming National Conference. The first ses- 
sion to be held Wednesday evening at 5:30 at Bethany Lodge, and to take 
the foiTn of supper to be followed by a business and inspirational session. 
The second session to be held at a time specified during Conference week." 

MOTION : "That we recommend that the Brethren Home Missions Coun- 
cil undertake to foster a definite work among our Brethren Young people 
to promote the dedication of full life service to Christ as ministers, mis- 
sionaries, and consecrated laymen, believing this to be a most vital part of 
the development of our home field. That this movement be named "The 
Brethren Student Life Volunteers." 

MOTION: "That Kenneth Ashman be approved to lead this movement 
until more permanent arrangement can be made for the work." 

MOTION: "That the secretary be authorized to investigate the possi- 
bilities of establishing a Brethren Church in Front Royal, Virginia, on the 
occasion of his meeting at the Winchester Church in the month of May." 

MOTION : "That the secretary hold an evangelistic meeting in North 
Akron next fall under the auspices of the Brethren Home Missions Coun- 
cil." 

MOTION : "That an offering be received at the Wednesday night meet- 
ing of the Home Missions Council at Winona Lake, announcement of the 
offering to be made in the Herald and by mail beforehand." 

MOTION : "That we favor the establishment of a Brethren Mission to 
the Jews at the earliest possible moment." 

MOTION : "That the Executive Committee directs that funds sent in to 
the Council directed to points not under the Council but under District 
Mission Boards, be refunded to the givers, and directed to the proper dis- 
trict officers." 

MOTION : "That a prayer guide be prepared periodically covering the 
various needs of our work, and sent to the Directors of the Council for their 
daily use." 

To even the casual observer, it is apparent that God is leading the Home 
Missions Council into the most challenging and God-honoring program to 
reach the unsaved and build strong, Whole-Gospel Churches that the Breth- 
ren Church has ever conceived. It is the kind of program that thousands in 
the Brethren Church have longed to see for many years. It is a program 
that our people will pray for, and give freely to extend. Elaboration on 
these projects will appear in subsequent issues of the Brethren Herald. 
WATCH FOR IT. 



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Greetinss From R. E. Donaldson 

Vice President of the Hoine Missions Council 



Greetings, to the new magazine 
and to all friends of this work, in 
the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 
Whose we are and Whom we serve. 

We are in a great 
business and should be 
happy. There is great 
blessing connected with 
the work of spreading 
the Gospel. Take Philip, 
the evangelist, for in- 
stance. He was preach- 
ing to multitudes, 
bringing joy to a whole 
city, when the Lord 
gave him an assign- 
ment to go speak to the 
Ethiopian. Opening the 
Scriptures, Philip 
preached unto him Je- 
sus with such telling ef- 
fect that the eunuch 
asked for baptism and 
went on his way rejoic- 
ing. 

Then there is the apostle Paul, 
who after meeting the Lord on the 
road to Damascus, turned from per- 
secuting the church of Christ to be- 
ing persecuted for its sake, suffer- 




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ing perhaps more than any other 
human in the service of our Lord, 
yet w^as able to say, "I am exceeding 
joyful in all our tribulation." 

The Gospel brings 
joy to those who re- 
ceive it, joy to those 
who preach it, and joy 
even to Heaven for 
Luke says, "joy shall 
be in heaven over one 
sinner that repenteth." 
It being true, then, 
that the joy of the Gos- 
pel fills the universe, 
let's all of us get be- 
hind this new effort, 
the Home Missions 
Council with our pray- 
ers and our substance 
to such extent that the 
joy bells of heaven 
shall never cease to 
ring. 



Use things, serve people, worship 
God. Our world is topsy-turvy be- 
cause we serve things, use people 
?.nd forget God.— Dr. C. C. Ellis. 






BRETHREN HOME MISSIONS COUNCIL 
Benie, Indiana. 



Enclosed please find $_ 



as a gift to the work of 



the Council, in spreading the Gospel throughout America, 
Name address 



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DESPAIR Today's papers cany the sad report of 15,000 Jews in 
IN Germany and Austria committing or attempting to commit 

ISRAEL suicide. Robbed, pillaged, hated of all nations for no reason 
other than that they are Jews, driven out of all European na- 
tions with no country holding out a welcome to them, l^v^d by iione and 
dPsnised bv all little wonder that many hearts m Israel despan. Butot 
ah nations Israel sh^ be the last to despair. None has had such lavish 
promtes^^ None has had such marvelous mterposi ion 

from God in their behalf. None has had such a glorious history bound up 
i^the nersonaf care of God Himself. Nor does any nation have such a 
Sorious futm-e ^ Why, then should such a peo- 

ple despai^i^gardless of what happened to them? It is because they have 
forsaken God departed from His Word, devoted themselves to the gods 
"ood and stone," and, as a result, they have no confidence that He will 
now dehver them from their present trials. It has seemed that the farther 
down thrcourse of the ages that they have come, the more terrible have 
thd? miseries been multiplied. Yet they have not suffered enough to turn 
them back for it is reported that only 48,000 Jews attend the Synagogues 
of New York City where reside about two million Jews But now one furn- 
fce of fieiv trial is being heated "seven times hotter," the Dragon s flood 
fs'belg loosed upon them as never before, and wfliout f ubt it will no 
bP lonff till "They will return who are ready to perish Isa. 27 .1^. in aes 
mir tLv will lea7e their present homes among the nations In despair 
wi thev tike theh weary way Palestineward. In despair will they begin 
^ccuS of th^^^^ homeland in face of Arab --hine^m..^^^^ ^fJ^^TthTr 
they shut themselves up in J^^^^ km 0,,^^^ f ^nt^C^^^^^^^ 
all nations against Jerusalem to battle, in ^je^P^^.y J ''' I;"'" . • _ n^A for 
"o-n nnf into cRDtivitv" and surrender to Anti-Christ. But piaise i^oa loi 
4hP other ha^f'' for they will go to the Mount Olives to meet the Son of 
r^d com ng w th the ''Armies of Heaven" to deliver them Zech. 14 .2-4. 
""^But th tLuslnds of Israel despair and ^.-k suicide today simp ybec^^^^^^^^ 

and all others engaged in this marvelous work. 

IT The present strained situation within the brethren Churdi is 

SFFMS of deenest concern to all who have our great cause at heart, i hat 
'to ME Ite^roulTbe any difficulty m getting the t^^^^^^^^^^ '^tt 
around the table for an adjustment of differences^ i^^^ 



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''?^'^i7i^^^^^ uv^F\ Y ^^^y ^^'^ not reconcilable, the reasons therefor 
should be established for all to know. But, that the effort should be put 
torth to settle the differences, is beyond all question. Time enough has 
elapsed to allow for the facts underlying the heat of contention to become 
apparent to observing mmds. Cool heads and reasonable spirits should now 
be able to appraise the situation and decide what should be done The tre- 
mendous volume of prayer which has been ascending to the Throne of Our 
Father God for many months has not been in vain. God's will should not 
be hard to discern by those who are seeking it, and whose one passion is 
for the spreading of the Gospel and the winning of the lost, and not for the 
promotion of a 'party spirit.' Let us meet in a fair and friendly spirit, 
spread our case honestly before each other, make our sincere efforts at ad- 
justment, draw our conclusions before the Lord, settle our situation defin- 
itely, and then, whatever the outcome may be, we can plan our future, and 
go to work for Christ without hindrance. We have lost enough time dur- 
ing these precious days. Enough progress has been lost through indecision 
and differences of mind on policies. With the tidal wave of atheism and 
unbelief sweeping over the world, and especially over our own land as it is, 
it is reprehensible for us to stand with the only hope of the world in our 
hands and spend our time arguing over ways and means. The night cometh 
on apace when no man can work. When our Lord cometh, may He find us 
in the field, doing our best. 

^?>^^?IJl?/^ , ^^ ^^^'^, ^'^^" Sinclair Lewis wrote his now famous 
rrSri^Tr^T^r^Tr^^ book entitled "It can't happen here," he chose for a title 
COMMUJNISIIC/ an attitude that has been characteristic of millions of 
Americans for many years. They have felt that, no 
matter what tragedy might overtake all other nations of the world nothing 
could go wrong m America ! That no matter how far from God and satiated 
m sm this people might become, yet they would overcome every enemy, win 
every war, and prevent every harvest of their own follies. 

It is not likely that America will ever be successfully invaded by a Euro- 
pean power. However, America's greatest danger is NOT due to foreign 
nations, but to the enemies of her ancient liberties that she has been re- 
ceiving to her breast. As Lord McCauley, many years ago. with unerring 
judgment declared, "America will destroy herself," so it seems that she is 
doing today. Every political "Ism" that has appeared abroad and is now 
cursing the peoples under it seems to feel that its greatest achievement is 
to establish itself in America. While much fuss is made over Fascist and 
Nazi activities in this country, little attention is paid to Communistic ad- 
vances. Whenever Communism is mentioned, there is an attempt to "pooh- 
pooh" its dangers. Communism capitalizes on the spirit of Christ rejection 
in America. It has been making its appeal as the great champion of in- 
tellectual freedom. It has caught the godless intellectuals head and heels. 
It has claimed to champion the cause of the downtrodden, and it is sweep- 
ing millions in America into its movement. Utterly blinded, these foolish 
millions refuse to be shown the facts that the first victims of the Commun- 
istic firing squal are the "Liberal intellectuals," and that the first result 
of its control for the laboring man is the loss of absolutely all liberties, and 
reduction to the most galling slavery ever practiced on mankind. 

(Continued on page 21) 



March, 1939 



What Difference Does It Make? 



Orville Lorenz, Pastor Meyersdale, Penna. 



"What difference does it make if 
I believe in the Virgin Birth or 
not?" We have often heard the car- 
nal Christian make such a remai-k. 
"Why spend our time on non-essen- 
tials?" "Why stir up a controversy 
— what difference does it make?" 
Far too often the Christian Chui"ch 
has listened to the prattle of those 
who would cast to the winds the 
pure Gospel of Christ. 

Many say we may differ in our 
opinion about Christ 
and yet have Christ 
Himself ; we may trust 
Him without taking 
sides in theological 
controversies. A little 
reflection shows such 
indifferentism absurd. 
Faith in a person al- 
ways involves opinions 
about the person in 
whom faith is reposed. 
It is impossible to 
trust Christ if one 
holds Him to be un- 
trustworthy. If the 
Virgin Birth of Christ 
is not true, then the 
Scriptures are untrue 
and Christ is not worthy of our 
trust. The man or woman who 
thinks that it makes no difference 
whether or not we believe the Vir- 
gin Birth either does not love Him 
is ignorant of what he is saying and 
what the Bible teaches, or is serious- 
ly defective in his reasoning pov/ers. 

It is not the purpose of the writer 
in this article to discuss the fact and 
the proofs of this great mystery. 




Orville Loren. 



Suffice it to say that, from the be- 
ginning, the Christian Church has 
held the doctrine of the supernatur- 
al conception and Virgin Birth of 
Jesus Christ to be a true and essen- 
tial portion of "the faith once de- 
livered unto the saints." To unbe- 
lievers, both within and without the 
church, this doctrine has always 
been offensive. Hence, the modern- 
day attitude of loose-thinkers 

"What difference does it make?" It 
is the purpose of this 
article, however, to 
show you why it is 
necessary to believe 
that Christ was born 
of the Virgin. 

May we point out 
that the foes of Chris- 
tianity have not held 
their views with an in- 
different attitude. 
There has been an at- 
titude of aggression 
bent upon the destruc- 
tion of this precious 
doctrine. The true 
Christian will abandon 
the indifferent atti- 
tude of "What difference does it 
make," and realize that there is a 
difference. 

Belief in the Virgin Birth is nec- 
essary for absolute confidence in the 
trustworthiness of the Bible. To 
state that the Bible is unworthy of 
credit is an intelligible proposition; 
but to admit that it is true, and then 
deny that the Virgin Birth is not 
true or essential to Chi'istianity, is 



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beyond logical comprehension. If 
Christ, Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah, 
Matthew, Luke, Mary, Joseph, John 
and Paul are wrong about the Vir- 
gin Birth, why then, could they not 
be wrong anywhere that the human 
fancy may surmise? To discredit 
the Bible here, one opens the flood- 
gate of unbelief that may sweep 
away the whole fabric of Christian 
faith, for the foundation of it all is 
swallowed up. Anyone may then 
rightfully place a question mark be- 
hind any statement of the Scrip- 
tures. Would that make any differ- 
ence? 

Furthermore, it makes a differ- 
ence as to Christ Himself. The life 
of any man is made up of a series of 
facts .... his birth, parents, where 
he lived, the work he accomplished, 
where and when he died and was 
buried. Only as we evaluate these 
facts have we any conception of the 
of the earthly life of any man. So 
it is with the life of Christ. The fact 
of the Virgin Birth is the initial fact 
of His earthly life. This fact, taken 
together with the others, presents to 
us the glorious person of our Lord 
and Savior. We have no Savior but 
the Savior corresponding to those 
facts. That being true, the Virgin 
Birth, since it is the initial fact, is 
an essential fact. If it makes no dif- 
ference, then all that follows, such 
as His life, teaching, atoning death, 
resurrection, ascension and promis- 
ed return do not mean anything. 
Therefore, to say it makes no differ- 
ence whether or not we believe the 
Virgin Birth really results in the de- 
nial of Christ Himself for it per- 
mits, in turn, the denial of any oth'.^r 
fact in the earthly life of our Lord. 

Moreover, if the Virgin Birth be 
not true, then you have a human 
monstrosity who became a saviour 
instead of the Divine Savior, the 
Son of God. It is the difference be- 
tween Deity and just ordinary hu- 
manity. The Virgin Birth gives di- 
rect witness to the Incarnation and 



Deity of Christ. The Holy Ghost 
shall come upon thee, and the power 
of the Highest shall overshadow 
thee : THEREFORE also that holy 
thing which shall be born of thee 
shall be called the Son of God" 
(Luke 1 :35) . If it matters not that 
we believe the Virgin Birth then, to 
be logical, it doesn't matter if we be- 
lieve the Deity of Christ. To deny 
the Virgin Birth is to deny that 
Christ is the Son of God. The ordin- 
ary procreative process results in 
the beginning of a new personality. 
Now Christ was a person before He 
was born in Bethlehem. Because 
Christ existed, the ordinary procrea- 
tive process was wholly unneces- 
sary. Listen to Dr. Charles Briggs : 
"The philosophical difficulties which 
beset the doctrine of the Virgin 
Birth do not concern the Virgin 
Birth in particular, but the Incar- 
nation in general. Indeed, the doc- 
trine of the Virgin Birth seems to 
be the only way of overcoming the 
chief difficulties. If the pre-exist- 
ent Son of God became incarnate by 
ordinary generation, we could not 
escape the conclusion that a human, 
individual person was begotten. The 
Incarnation would then not be a ^'eal 
Incarnation, but an inhabitation of 
Jesus by the Son of God, with two 
distinct personalities, that of the 
pre-existent Son of God and that of 
the begotten son of Joseph. The man 
Jesus would be a prophet, a hero, a 
great example, but not the Savior of 
m^ankind. He might be the last and 
greatest of the heroes of Faith, but 
not God Incarnate. Only a God-man 
who had taken human nature into 
organic union with Himself and so 
identified Himself with the human 
race as to become the common man, 
the second Adam, the head of the 
race, could redeem the race. The 
doctrine of the Virgin Birth gives 
such a God-man. Therefore, the doc- 
trine of the Virgin Birth is essential 
to the integrity of the Incarnation, 
as the Incarnation is to the doctrine 



March, 1939 



of Christ and Christian Salvation." 
Thus our belief in the Virgin Birth 
does make a difference, for such a 
belief furnishes the only reasonable 
and satisfactory explanation for the 
Incarnation of Deity in human flesh. 
Would it make any difference to you 
if you doubted the Deity of Christ? 
Deny the Virgin Birth and His Deity 
is vanished. 

Again we say that it makes a dif- 
ference, for the Virgin Birth Vvit- 
nesses to the sinlessness, the holi- 
ness of Christ, and to all the hopes 
of humanity which rest upon that 
sinlessness. Adam, the first man, 
created in God's image, fell, and af- 
ter him all men have sinned and 
fallen. Then, God sent forth the pre- 
existent and eternal Son Who as- 
sumed human nature through the 
Virgin Birth. Though tempted in all 
points, He kept perfectly the law of 
God, and by virtue of that perfect 
obedience demonstrated His right to 
be our Redeemer and to make satis- 
faction for our sins. Now% if Jesus 
w^ere the son of Joseph and Mary, 
then He was not free from the taint 
of Adam's sin. He was not apart 
from sinners. He, then, may becom.e 
a great prophet, leader, reformer 
and dreamer, but Jesus, the Savior, 
the Redeemer, is gone. He then, 
would have been born of flesh and 
the will of man, not the will of God. 
He would have been a sinner and 
would have required a Savior as well 
as we. Without belief in the Virgin 
Birth, we have an ordinary sinful 
man who certainly could not be the 
spotless Lamb of God that takes 
away the sin of the world ! 

Belief in the Virgin Birth makes a 
difference for such a supernatural 
event is necessary to complete the 
record of the supernatural Christ. 
Everything about Him was super- 
natural — His person, power, ivies- 
sage, life, works, teachings, death, 
resurrection, and ascension. We 
cannot help but feel that it would be 
most strange if Christ entered the 



world in any other than a super- 
natural way. Without this super- 
natural birth of Christ you lose the 
beautiful harmony of the Sacred 
record. 

Finally, we point out that it 
makes a difference because of the 
"inevitable alternative." The atti- 
tude of "it makes no difference" ap- 
proves the statements of the en- 
emies of this precious portion of our 
faith. These enemies point out that 
Mary and Joseph were engaged be- 
cause of their lasting and deep love. 
The implication of their cohabitation 
before marriage is then made. This 
the Scripture clearly and decisively 
contradicts, for it says that Joseph 
"took unto him his wife and KNEW 
HER NOT till she had brought forth 
her firstborn son : and he called His 
name Jesus" (Mt. 1:24, 25). What 
shame is involved in this attitude of 
indifference ! It makes Christ the 
product of his mother's lust, a child 
of adultery. In his theology lec- 
tures Prof. McClain points out 
three facts, which he calls "the un- 
speakable alternative." 1. If our 
Lord was not born of the Virgin 
Mary He is then the son of an un- 
known father, 2. If our Lord was not 
born of the Virgin Mary, then His 
mother was unfaithful to her vov/s 
of betrothal. And, 3. If our Lord 
was not born of the Virgin Mary, 
then His mother lied in saying she 
had not known a man. Therefore, 
those who say there is no Virgin 
Birth, either by direct statement, or 
implied by the attitude of indiffer- 
ence, insult Mary, "The mother of 
my Lord" (Luke 1:43). And, Morse 
than that, they insult and "dishon- 
or" the Christ, my Lord and Savior. 

What difference does it make if 
Christ w^as born of the Virgin 
Mary? Could you worship a sinner? 
Could you present to sinners a 
Savior who is a sinful being born of 
the lust of the flesh and of the will 
of man ? Could you give the Bible to 
(Continued on page 20) 



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Our Unceasing Prayer Band 

'But prayer was made ivithout ceasing of the Church unto God" 

—Acts 12:5. 



Because of the popular demand, we shall carry this regular column setting 
forth each month certain various pressing needs and problems for the in- 
formation of those who observe a ministry of prayer. One thing is certain: 
the Brethren Church will not go forward faster than the prayer life of her 
people allows. 



There is a deep conviction in the hearts of many of our leaders that a 
definite work should be undertaken by the Brethren Church to bear a 
testimony for Christ to the Jews of America. It is felt that no truer 
Home Mission work could be undertaken. Will you pray that we shall 
know the will of God in this matter, and that funds shall be provided 
to establish and maintain such a work? 

The Brethren Church will be able to bear a greater testimony for Christ 
only to the extent that our young men and women give themselves to 
the ministry of the gospel both at home and in foreign lands. There is 
little use of talking of growth until this is accomplished. Perhaps YOU 
have a boy or girl to offer to God upon your knees ! 

The permanent Constitution and by-laws of the Bi'ethren Home Mis- 
sions Council is now being prepared. By all means pray that wisdom 
shall be given for this most important task. 

A new field for the Gospel is opening up in North Akron, where Brother 
Ray Gingrich has built up a strong Bible Class. An Evangelistic cam- 
paign is planned for this fall to start the work. There is no real testi- 
mony to the true Gospel being given in that whole section of the city. 
Pray that this may be an effectual open door for the Gospel. 

The Cleveland work has been hindered greatly because of the lack of a 
building suitable to worship in. The second floor of a school building 
will not allow real progress, and that is all they have had. Now they 
are compelled to give this up with no place to go. $5000.00 is needed 
with present funds to build the first part of this building. The best of 
security will be provided. This is a real opportunity for some Chris- 
tian steward to loan this sum for this great work. The loan will be re- 
tired in five years. This building must go up this spring. The need is 
urgent. Pray earnestly for this. 



S>W.^IU^ !^ LfflA^' ! M ! lLL^ Il^^i^^i^^iMiiyfM^ 



March, 1939 



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A CROSS 
me NA TION 



with our Secretary 




SOME Launching a new maga- 
JOB zine, along with all the 
other thousand and one 
things attendant upon establishing 
an entirely new Home Mission or- 
ganization, is not without its diffi- 
culties ! Planning the setup, getting 
amiable and dependable chaps to 
prepare the material on short notice, 
finding a name that everybody likes, 
and then convincing Uncle Sam that 
he should distribute it through the 
mails, is just a part of it. But the 
Lord has been very gracious to us 
and we got through with the first 
issue feeling very much the sense of 
unworthiness of our effort. To our 
surprise the first copies had hardly 
begun to reach their destinations be- 
fore we began receiving letters of 
commendation and appreciation. In- 
dividual subscriptions began com- 
ing in. Pastors began sending in 
larger lists of names from their con- 
gregations of those they wished to 
receive the magazine so that they 
could have the advantage of all the 
subscriptions that their offerings 
had paid for. And now we send out 
this second issue praying that it will 
not spoil the good impression that 
our first issue made ! What a life the 
editor has ! However, we believe that 
in this issue we are privileged to re- 
veal the beginning of plans that will 
result in the greatest testimony that 
the Brethren Church has ever borne 
to America. If this magazine shall 
be the means of stirring up our 
preachers to more courageous 
preaching of Christ and denouncing 



sin, and in demanding separated liv- 
ing of their congregations, IF the 
evangelistic sermons that will con- 
tinue to appear in its pages will set 
preachers aflame for the lost, and 
convert the sinner, IF the spirit of 
these pages shall make soul winners 
out of those who have hesitated to 
speak to a soul about Christ, IF it 
shall help to get the entire Brethren 
Church out of its religious rut and 
set on fire with the great message 
we have for a blinded and lost world 
all around us, we shall have realized 
the answer to our prayers. God in 
Heaven, arm us ! Make us strong for 
the task ! 



ROANN, With the echo of Christ- 
INjl)IANA mas chimes pealing out 
MEETING "Silent Night" still ring- 
ing in our ears, we took 
our way to Roann, Indiana, for the 
first meeting of the year 1939. This 
was our first campaign held in this 
church. There are not many Breth- 
ren Churches any more into which 
we can go for the first time. There 
are a few yet, but each year we cut 
the number down some. This was al- 
so our first meeting with Brother 
W. R. Deeter. This is a rural church, 
but it is in a fine one, and the people 
there certainly love to hear the 
Word of God. The audience about 
filled the building each night and 
there were many people saved and 
blessed. It was a pleasure to work 
with Brother Deeter and his people, 
and we pray God's richest blessings 



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WESTERN KANSAS 

"IS IT A FRUITFUL FIELD FOR THE BRETHREN CHURCH?" 

By a member of The Brethren Church, living in Kansas 



I am wondering how many 
Brethren people have ever given any 
thought to Western Kansas, I real- 
ize the wisecracks that are made 
about Kansas. I know that most 
people on the eastern coast and even 
as far west as the Mississippi River 
really know little about Western 
Kansas. Those living on our west- 
ern coast, with the exception of 
those who have at some time lived 
in this section of the country, know 
little of Western Kansas. Now, will 
you honestly ask yourself the ques- 
tion, "How much do I really knov\^ 
about Kansas, and especially West- 



ern Kansas?" I shall not guess how 
much it may be that you know 
There is no space to tell you about 
natural resources, manufacturing 
and other important things of this 
section. Possibly eyes and mouth 
would open if we should tell you of 
these. Many would likely doubt the 
facts so enough. Let us considei 
our subject. 

First of all, I wish to say thati 
Kansas has an area of 82,158 square 
miles as recorded in Winston's Cum 
ulative Encyclopedia. So, when we 
speak of Western Kansas, we are 
(Continued on page 20) 



upon them as they prepare to ex- 
pand their work which is now grow- 
ing so splendidly. 

PHILADELPHIA, After a few 
PENNSYLVANIA days of work at 

ONCE AGAIN the office of the 
Council in 
Berne, we left for Philadelphia, Pa., 
to hold a meeting for a former stu- 
dent of the Philadelphia School of 
the Bible, who attended there when 
we were on the faculty of the school. 
It is always a pleasure to see these 
boys being used of the Lord in His 
service successfully, and a greater 
pleasure to have the privilege of 
helping them in their campaigns for 
souls. So we spent three weeks with 
Brother Charles Anderson in his 
splendid church, and the Lord great- 
ly blessed His Word to the saving of 
many and the reclaiming of others. 

It was very fortunate indeed that 
we were here at this time, for my 
daughter Martha, who has been in 
training at the Woman's Medical 
Hospital in that city, was operated 
on for appendicitis during the sec- 



ond week of the meetings. God was 
gracious and she got along fine. 

With the first Executive Commr 
tee meeting of the Council due on the 
fifteenth of February, Brother R. E. 
Donaldson, of Washington, D, C, 
Vice-President of the Council, came 
up to Philadelphia, and went Vvith 
the secretary to Conemaugh, Penn- 
sylvania, where we picked up Wil- 
liam Schaffer, treasurer of the 
Council, and then we drove on to 
Akron, Ohio, where we had a confer- 
ence with Professor McClain rela-i 
five to the proposed young people's; 
movement. While there, we had the; 
privilege of hearing one of Dr. 
Bauman's lectures given to the stu- 
dents of Grace Theological Semin-; 
ary. We were kindly entertained inj 
the homes of Brother and Sisterj 
McClain, and Brother and Sister 
Hoyt. From Ellet, we drove to Ash-i 
land to see the men at our publica-| 
tion house where this magazine is' 
published, and then on to Berne, 
where the Executive Committee meu 
next morning, the record of whose^ 
sessions is found on page three of 
this issue. 



March, 1939 



IS 



THREE TABERNACLES THAT WERE 

NEVER BUILT 



To most of us the record of the great 
scene on the Mount of Transfiguration 
is quite familiar (Matt. 17). We have 
read, studied, prayed over, and re-read 
the Gospel record, not alone because of 
the brightness of the glory of Christ 
that was there revealed, but also because 
of the many great and precious truths 
that are therein set forth for us all. 

Peter had but recently made his won- 
derful confession of Christ, and had en- 
joyed unusual blessing and fellowship in 
His presence. It was Peter to whom our 
blessed Lord gave the "keys to the 
Kingdom of Heaven," together with 
authority to govern (deny or permit) 
certain actions of those who were about 
to come into the sphere of Christian 
profession. Perhaps it was because of 
his forwardness and zeal that Peter was 
the "spokesman" for that little band of 
disciples, but not always were his 
actions pleasing unto the Lord. Upon 
one occasion Peter was reproved by 
Christ when He said unto him, "Get 
thee behind me, Satan." However, Peter, 
like we ourselves, had his faults, yet he 
also had certain qualities of charac- 
ter that were very commendable. 

That little inner circle of Jesus' 
disciples which was so near and so 
precious to the heart of our Savior, 
namely, Peter, James and John, was 
granted special seasons of fellowship 
and communion with Himself, as 
well as special revelations of His 
Deity, of His power and of His 
glory. These three were privileged 
to witness the raising of Jairus' 
daughter; they were with Him in 
the Garden of Gethsemane, and now 
they are to witness the most won- 
derful and magnificent scene of all 
— the transfiguration of Christ — 
just a little foretaste of the glory 
that shall one day be unto our bless- 
ed Lord Jesus, and also enjoyed by 



Rayidall L. Rossman, Pastor 
Fiist Brethren Church, Altoona, Pa. 




Randall L. Rossman. 



His Saints who shall then be with 
Him ! 

Jesus had said (Matt. 16:28) that 
"there be some standing here, which 
shall not taste of death, till they see 
the Son of Man coming in His King- 
dom." How unfortunate it is that 
the errors of finite minds has caus- 
ed a chapter division to be made at 
this particular place ! The last verse 
of chapter sixteen together with the 
first eight verses of chapter seven- 
teen of Matthew's Gospel should 
form one whole, unbroken para- 
graph, setting forth, typically, the 
glory of Christ's coming Kingdom 
and the fellowship of all the believ- 
ers of all time together with HimT 



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With Him, yes, in His very presence 
f orevermore ! 

Peter, James, and John were num- 
bered with the disciples to whom 
Jesus spake the words of verse 
twenty-eight of chapter sixteen, and 
in fulfillment of that promise and 
prophecy, six days later Jesus took 
His three disciples with Him "up in- 
to an high mountain apart and was 
transfigured before them," (Matt. 
17:1-2). Surely this was a great 
mountain-top experience for those 
disciples as they stood in the pres- 
ence of the eternal Son of God ! 
What a glorious occasion also was 
theirs to stand in the presence of 
those two Old Testament characters 
who had long since left the scenes of 
earth to enjoy our Savior's pre- 
sence ! Perhaps Peter thought of 
Moses as the representative of the 
Law, and of the Levitical and 
Aaronic priesthood, through whom 
God graciously met the sinner in the 
Holy of Holies. With this thought in 
mind, and desiring to continue to 
dwell in the presence and glory of 
the Lord, Peter asked of Him per- 
mission to build there three taber- 
nacles (tents or booths), not for 
himself, but one for Christ, one for 
Moses and one for Elias. This won- 
derful mountain-top experience was 
truly wonderful because of the 
presence and glory of God manifest- 
ed unto them through the vision of 
the glorified Christ ! Just a little 
foretaste of the glory that shall be 
shared and enjoyed by all those who 
are His own when we stand in His 
presence and see Him face to face, 
for it is then that we shall be like 
him (IJohn3:2). 

The sacred tent or Tabernacle of 
the Mosaic dispensation was made 
according to a divine plan which 
God gave unto Moses in the Mount 
(Heb. 8:5). The Tabernacle proper 
was divided into two parts — the 
Holy Place and the Most Holy Place 
or the Holy of Holies. The priests 
were men set apart for special re- 



ligious duties, and acted as medi- 
ators between God and the people, 
offering up sacrifices — dead lambs 
upon the altar — in behalf of their 
people. Into the Most Holy Place 
only the High Priest was permitted 
to enter but once a year on the Day 
of Atonement (and not without 
blood) to make atonement for the 
sins of the people. (If time and 
space would permit, we would take 
the Tabernacle and its furnishings 
piece by piece and set forth its typi- 
cal meaning (see Hebrews 8, 9). 

Little did Peter realize that, at 
that very moment upon the Mount 
of Transfiguration, he was standing 
in the presence of the great High 
Priest of God's Spiritual Tabernacle, 
and that the final and complete rev- 
elation of God is made through Je- 
sus Christ! The earthly tabernacle 
was typical of the new Spiritual 
Tabernacle in that it was God's 
dwelling place among His people. 
The cloud by day and the pillar of 
fire by night manifested God's pre- 
sence with His people as they 
journeyed through the wilderness on 
their way toward the promised land. 
God's personal dwelling place for 
us is now within ourselves (II Cor. 
6:16). We are lively (living) stones 
built into the wall of that great spir- 
itual tabernacle which is made up of 
individual believers in the Lord Je- 
sus Christ (I Pet. 2:5). 

The veil of the Tabernacle which 
separated the Holy Place from the 
Holy of Holies was rent in twain 
when our Eternal Sacrifice for sin 
gave His life upon Calvary's cross, 
there completing God's eternal plan 
of Redemption for us ! The veil of 
the "spiritual" Tabernacle — the veil 
of sin which once separated unholy, 
sinful man from the presence of a 
Holy and sinless God — was rent in 
twain from the top to the bottom, 
God having, in and through the 
Lord Jesus (ihrist, removed the bar- 
rier of sin and made possible our fel- 
lowship and communion in His pre- 



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sence ! Christ, our High Priest, took 
not the blood of bulls and of goats 
that never can take away sin, but, 
taking His own precious blood. He 
entered into the Holy of Holies "of 
the true Tabernacle which the Lord 
pitched, and not man," (Heb. 8:2; 
9:24-26). The Lord Jesus took His 
own blood and sprinkled it upon the 
"mercy-seat" for an atonement for 
the souls of His people (Lev. 17:1j ; 
Heb. 9:11-14). The type and the 
promise of the Old Testament point- 
ed forward to the Anti-type and the 
fulfillment of the promise in the 
New Testament through the Lord 
Jesus Christ Himself. Christ is our 
Mediator (I Tim. 2:5), our Advo- 
cate (I John 2:1), and our High 
Priest (Heb. 9:24), and we who be- 
lieve are now made a "kingdom of 
priests unto God" (Ex. 19:6; I Pet. 
2:5; Rev. 1:6; 20:6). 

The earthly Tabernacle was done 
away in Christ through Whom we 
have a more perfect tabernacle, 
through a High Priest Who Himself 
knew no sin, and, therefore, a better 
and eternal priesthood, and now all 
who believe, as a kingdom of priests, 
have access into the Holy of Holies 
(God's presence) every day, every 
hour, every moment, anywhere, by a 
new and living way that w^as open- 
ed unto us through the broken ho^y 
(His flesh) and the shed blood of 
Christ! (Heb. 10:19-20). 

How futile our "good works" and 
all earthly sacrifices now are to sat- 
isfy a just a merciful and a Holy 
God for sin ! Why? Because Christ 
Himself made the supreme sacrifice 
— the eternal sacrifice once and for- 
ever and for all — when He bore our 
sins in His own body on the tree (I 
Pet. 2:24). We are no longer re- 
quired to offer up "dead" sacrifices 
upon the altar for sin, but we are to 
accept the sacrifice of Christ, and 
then to offer our bodies a living sac- 
rifice (Rom. 12:1) that we may 
then offer up spiritual sacrifices ac- 



ceptable unto God by Jesus Christ 
(I Pet. 2:5). 

Peter's experience on the Mount 
of Transfiguration has also been the 
experience of many believers since 
that day. Many of us have had 
"mountain-top" seasons of precious 
fellov/ship, communion and refresh- 
ing in the presence of God because 
of our present position as "priests" 
having access into the very presence 
of God, yet soon to become lost 
amidst the clamor and glittering 
scenes of earth. Christ Jesus came 
into the world to save sinners — to 
reveal God to man. He completed 
His work. "It is finished," was His 
cry from Calvary. Do we believe it? 
Or are we, too, trying to add to ihe 
already finished work of the Lord 
Jesus Christ, our own "good 
works?" We must not take away 
from the finished work of Christ as 
was wrought out on Calvary's cross, 
neither must we attempt to add any- 
thing of self or of man's works unto 
the work of Christ which w^as com- 
pleted by the Sinless One for us. 

Peter did not build the three Tab- 
ernacles on the Mount of Transfig- 
uration. Jesus did not give him per- 
mission to do so. Inferred, Jesus 
said in fact, "Peter, be not engaged 
with worldly or earthly Jiings 
NOW ; behold the Lamb of God." 

God spake from the overshadow- 
ing cloud "This is my beloved Son, 
in Whom I am well pleased ; hear ye 
Him." We need to be occupied with 
Christ. Let us willingly permit Him 
to speak to us as we read and study 
His precious Word, and as we fel- 
lowship in His presence day by day. 
God's Tabernacle is with men. He 
lives in the lives and hearts of men, 
and all who have believed (Rom. 10 : 
9, 10) are made "priests" unto God, 
to render unto Him our sincere and 
faithful service, unfeigned obedience 
and absolute yieldedness to His will, 
that He may use us as His "priests" 
in winning the lost and the dying to 
the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us "re- 



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Should a Pastor Interfere? 

This is part of an article by Dr. Frank Norris, that dynamic preacher of the gospel 
who is stirring all Detroit with his great tabernacle work there. He is putting up the 
greatest fight against the modernistic Federal Council of Churches of Christ in Amer- 
ica of any living man. This article is so good that we felt impressed to print it here 
for our own people. The entire article apjjeared in "The Ftindamentalist," February 
17, 1939. (Editor) 



No successful pastor will inter- 
fere, it is a confession of inferior- 
ity. And whenever a former pastor 
writes letters, or makes calls, or in 
any way allows his name or influ- 
ence to be used by a disturbing ele- 
ment in the church of which he was 
former pastor, surely he can not and 
does not bend his knees to Almighty 
God with faith that he may have the 
blessings from above on his own 
ministry. 

How pitiful that a pastor will 
leave one church after another in a 
disturbance, the church rent and 
torn by factions. It might happen 
once or even twice in one man's 
life, but for this to be true, this piti- 
ful condition of every church behind 
him — well, it is time that pastor was 
getting out of his conceit, which 
most often is not possible until he 
has his funeral ; but anyway it is 



deem the time for the days are evil," 
and the coming of the Lord d^aweth 
nigh. "Arise, and be not afraid," Je- 
sus said unto His disciples. To the 
admonition Jesus then gave, I might 
add the words, ONLY BELIEVE ! 



time for that preacher to come to 
the mourners' bench. Usually the 
interference is with a "teacher", 
and 99 times out of 100 the 'teacher' 
wears a dress, and it would be inter- 
esting for the public to see some 
letters that this "teacher" shows 
written by a former pastor, letters 
containing lovey dovey ad nausem. 

And this would certainly reduce 
both the waistband and conceit. And 
for the good of all concerned, for the 
health of the commonwealth of Is- 
rael, let nobody be surprised if the 
whole thing, name of woman, 
preacher and all, be published. 

If anybody doubts that this paper, 
for the good of all concerned will 
not publish this whole thing — well, 
they are just newcomers from Mars 
or some very distant planet. 

Speaking of the disturbing ele- 
ment in a church, one or two things 
should be done immediately: 

First, assimilate, or 

Second eliminate. 

No Sunday School class is the 

property of any individual teacher. 

It belongs to the church. Watch out 

for teachers whether female or 

(Continued on page 22) 



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AROUND THE COUNCIL TABLE 



REPORT OF THE WORK AT 
BELLFLOWER 

Greetings in the 
name of our Lord 
Jesus Christ. It 
is with joy that 
we report the 
progress of the 
work here in 
Bellflower, As we 
look back over 
the year, we are 
reminded of 
when Samuel 
took a stone and 
set it between 
Shen and called the 




Jesse Hall 



Mizpeh and 
name of it Ebenezer; saying, Hith- 
erto hath the Lord helped us. That 
truly has been the experience of the 
First Brethren Church this past 
year. With the Psalmist we say, 
"Not unto us, Lord, not unto us, 
but unto thy Name give glory." 

As this is the first report, we 
hardly know where to begin. When 
we came to Bellflower in January a 
year ago we found a small group of 
Brethren meeting in an uncomplet- 
ed basement, just a shell with all the 
wall studdings and ceiling joists 
showing, and no plumbing in. Since 
then God has sent in funds suffi- 
cient to install some plumbing, 
electrical fixtures and the inside has 
been covered with plaster lath. We 
are now preparing to plaster. The 
work has all been donated by the 
men of the church who have labored 
faithfully. Some tables have been 
made for our communion services, 
and the ladies have made curtains to 



partly curtain off the room for 
classes. We had considerable trou- 
ble last spring with water coming 
into the basement. In answer to 
prayer the Lord has given us an 
electric motor and pump which one 
of our men has assembled to use in 
keeping the basement dry. Our 
greatest need is to get the top of our 
building finished. Will you join us 
in prayer that this may soon be 
made possible? 

The attendance at the church ser- 
vices was small to start with, but 
have increased from 25 to 66 in the 
morning, and from 15 to 50 in the 
evening. It has been a joy to see the 
Lord add 37 new members to the 
church and restore others who had 
become discouraged. 50 confessions 
of faith in Christ were noted. 26 
have been baptized by using the bap- 
tistry of the Second Brethren 
Church of Long Beach of which El- 
der J. L, Gingrich is pastor. We are 
indebted to these Brethren for their 
wholehearted cooperation and fel- 
lowship. 

Our Bible School is growing nice- 
ly also. The attendance has climbed 
steadily from 65 to 138. It is well 
organized with a fine group of 
teachers and officers. An orchestra 
is being organized and will be add- 
ing much to the interest in the 
school. Our transportation commit- 
tee is organized along the lines of 
the one that is functioning so ef- 
fectively in the First Brethren 
Church of Long Beach. It promises 
to tax the capacity of our building 
in the very near future, making it 



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imperative that we complete our 
building. 

A week-day Bible class for Child- 
ren with an average attendance of 
close to 30 is meeting in the church 
every week. Christian Endeavor so- 
cieties — Juniors, Young People and 
Adults — have been reorganized and 
are doing much to build up the eve- 
ning services. Scripture memory 
work is being emphasized in all de- 
partments and is bearing much 
fruit for the Lord. We have just or- 
ganizpd a Sisterhood of Mary and 
Martha society, and, from the inter- 
est already manifested among the 
girls, it will not be long before they 
will be rendering real service for 
their Lord. 

The Brethren in the Bellflovv^er 
Church are missionary-hearted and 
proved it this past year with their 
offerings. The combined Foreign 
and Home Missions Offerings ex- 
ceeded $6 per member, which we 
is wonderful when one realizes that 
21 of our membership are children 
under high school age and 10 others 
are inactive due to having moved 
away or through indifference. Our 
greatest victory this year came 
when the church was afforded the 
privilege of coming under the ad- 
ministration of the Home Missions 
Council. The Brethren here do ap- 
preciate the helping hand that has 
been extended to us. Already the 
work has taken on an added impetus 
with this encouragement. 

Brethren, pray for the Bellflower 
church as they seek to take the 
Word of God to the 14,000 people 
living in our city. Realizing that the 
time is short, that the night cometh 
when no man can work, our prayer 
is that He may give us the joy of 
reaching many with the "Good 
News" of Salvation ere He comes. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Jesse Hall. 



NOTES ON THE FRANKLINBORO 
MISSION 

Sponsored by The First Brethren 
Church, Conemaugh, Pennsylvania 

Opened Tuesday afternoon Jan. 
10, 1939, 4:15 p. m. advertising a 
Children's hour. 150 children of all 
ages (up to 16), creeds and color 
tried to find seating on 52 chairs ! 
Extra chairs were secured but about 
40 still stood along the walls. 

A Gospel as recorded by St. John 
was given each child, and, after a 
few opening remarks and singing 
choruses, a course on Child Evan- 
gelism was begun with the Gospel as 
a text book. Memory work v/as also 
featured. Mrs. W. S. Schaffer is in- 
structor for this course. After the 
first week, the attendance has re- 
mained around 55-70 and a roll call 
reveals many have not missed a ser- 
vice. Afternoon services were held 
each Tuesday and Thursday. After 
conducting seven services, the Pas- 
tor offered an invitation to any one 
who wanted to accept the Lord as 
their personal Savior. Those who 
desired to do so were to remain and 
get further instruction. An exam- 
ination of each child who expressed 
the desire for salvation revealed a 
trusting faith in the Lord Jesus 
Christ. Sixteen boys and girls fi'oni 
8 years to 15 made the good confes- 
sion. Some attended Sunday schools 
in Conemaugh, some never were in- 
side of any kind of a Church tc their 
knowledge. All creeds were repre- 
sented but every one could express 
the reason for their need of a 
Savior. 

For a number of years no regular 
religious service of any nature has 
been conducted in that municipality 
of some 2,000 souls. The need of 
such a work as is now being done 
has laid heavily on the heart of the 
Pastor for some time. The matter 
came to a head when the Mayor of 
that town asked the Pastor of the 
Conemaugh Brethren Church what 



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plans he could suggest in stopping 
children from attending Bingo 
games held in the city hall. The 
Pastor replied, "Give them soLie- 
thing that will cause them to have 
the desire not to go." That may 
sound a bit "dutchy," but it worked. 
The Mayor had a fine storeroom re- 
cently redecorated about 18x50 feet 
on the Main Street where thou..sands 
of people pass every day. Beautiful 
new^ Venetian blinds in the 1 arge 
glass front windows, excellent light- 
ing, new floor and toilet facilities. 
This he offered rent and light and 
heat free. The matter w^as then pre- 
sented to the Conemaugh BrethreJi 
Church in regular business session 
and $150 was appropriated for fur- 
nishing and literature. Fifty new 
folding chairs were purchased, 450 
Gospels as recorded by St. John, a 
number of Bibles, a good second- 
hand piano and other incidentals in- 
cluding Sunday School supplies. 

An Adult Bible Class is conduct- 
ed by the Pastor each Thursday 



night, and, although the response is 
not yet as great as with the children, 
the interest is growing. The Mayor 
and his wife have attended. Their 
children are very faithful to the 
Children's Hour. Since a Sunday 
School has been announced (the chil- 
dren kept asking for one !) the Tues- 
day afternoon hour has been discon- 
tinued. It is amazing the greediness 
of those children, of all colors and 
from all kinds of homes, for the 
Word of God. How quickly they 
learn! And how they can sing the 
choruses which they love so well ! 

A committee which has cooper- 
ated very faithfully with the Pastor 
assists in the program and teaching 
work. The Johnstown newspapers 
have given much publicity to the 
work and one paper sent photo- 
graphers to take a picture which 
was printed in the paper.- At least 
this criticism has not yet reached 
our ears, "The town is over church- 
ed already." 

William H. Schaffer. 



The Guy in the Mirror 



When you get what you want in your 
struggle for self, 
And the world makes you King for a 
day. 
Then go to the mirror and look at yourself, 
And see what that guy has to say. 

For it isn't a man's father, or mother, or 

wife, 

Whose judgment upon him must pass; 

The feller whose verdict counts most in his 

life, 

Is the guy staring back from the glass. 

He's the feller to please, never mind all the 

rest, 

For he's with you clear up to the end, 

And you've passed your most dangerous, 

difficult test 

If the guy in the glass is your friend. 



You may be like Jack Horner and "chisel" 
a plum. 
And think you're a wonderful guy. 
But the man in the glass says you're only 
a bum. 
If you can't look him straight in the eye. 

You can fool the whole world down the 

pathway of years, 

And get pats on the back as you pass, 

But your final reward will be heartaches 

or tears 

If you've cheated the g"uy in the glass. 

And when before God, your Creator, you 
stand, 
Christ rejected, and sins unconfessed, 
Though you've gained the whole world, 
you'll then understand, 
You've failed the Poor Guy in the glass ! 
(author unknown). 



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WESTERN KANSAS 

(Continued from page 12) 

speaking about a territory of more 
than 40,000 square miles. Popula- 
tion nearly 2,000,000 souls. Yes, I 
said Souls, for I wish you to think 
of those 2 000,000 individuals from 
that viewpoint. This 2,000,000 is 
the entire state, and The Brethren 
Church has SIX Churches to care 
for those 2,000,000 souls. In West- 
ern Kansas there is ONE of those 
SIX churches to care for the portion 
living in this section. Please think 
that over. 

When our Missionaries return 
from the African Field and tell us of 
the population of their field and its 
area, we are dumbfounded. The 
same when the South American Mis- 
sionaries tell us of their vast fields. 
It is well that we are impressed. 

Did not our Lord say as recorded 
in Luke 24 :47 "Beginning at Jc^ru- 
salem," which all of us take to mean 
"at home?" These nearly 1,000,000 
souls in Western Kansas are HERE 
AT HOME. The one Church in this 
territory has no possibility cf doing 
all the work that is here to be done. 

In the past few months more calls 
for help have come than can be met 
by the available workers. 

Missionaries, Pastors, Bible Insti- 
tute Students, Evangelists and Lay 
Ministers who have done Christian 
work in this part of Kansas in the 
past months have remarked how the 
people here are anxious for the Bi- 
ble Teaching which Brethren people 
are equipped to bring them. Espec- 
ially has it been true that those who 
come out here from eastern states 
remark, "The unquenchable faith of 
the people of this West is remark- 
able." Or some similar remark has 
led the writer to question many with 
regard to such remarks. The infor- 
mation given in every case is to the 
effect that the people are so inter- 
ested in the things of the Bible. So 
anxious to come and hear of Salva- 



tion as it is in Christ Jesus. TJiey 
are so sure, in the face of all odds, 
that things will work out favorably 
in days ahead. 

The teaching presented by Breth- 
ren is very acceptable in this West- 
ern Kansas territory. Souls as prec- 
ious to our Lord Jesus as our own 
are here to be led into an acceptance 
of the Lord Jesus as Savior and 
Lord. They are ready to listen, to 
accept. 

If the author of this article may 
presume to answer the question ask- 
ed at the heading of this article, he 
will. The answer is that It Is A 
Fruitful Field For The Brethren 
Church! The answer has been glean- 
ed by experience in Western Kansas 
for several years. Also from the ex- 
pressions of wonder and delight 
coming from those who come to 
Minister. Coming as they do from 
various places over this continent, 
and as representatives from Mission 
fields. The work is here to be done. 
Response will be had. All "Jiat is 
now lacking is Workers, and sup- 
port, temporarily, for the workers. 

P. S. The writer of this article has 
worked in the State of Kansas for 
over eight years and has labored in 
other states longer than that, which 
states were east of the Mississippi 
River, or near enough to that River 
to be considered with the East. 



WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT 
MAKE? 

(Continued from page 9) 

the world and say, "Here, believe it 
all but certain things such as the 
Virgin Birth of Christ. . . .that he 
was simply the mistake of Joseph i 
and Mary?" Would you reflect up- 
on the work of the Holy Spirit? 
Would you cast doubt upon God! 
Would you deny the pre-existence of 
Christ ? Take away the Virgin Birth 
of Christ and the foundation of 
(Continued on page 22) 



March, 1939 



21 



Report of Thanksgiving Offering 

Note: All amounts are for general fund except those marked as follows: (Ft. W) Fort 
Wayne, Indiana; (CI) Cleveland; (Wi) Winchester; (Pe) Peru; (CI. Bl) Cleve- 
land Building Fund; (Cu) Cumberland, Md. ; (Co) Covington; (Gl) Glendale; (Tr) 
Tracy; (S. D.) San Diego; (E) Evangelism; (L) Literature; (Cambria) Cambria, 
Indiana; (Ju) Juniata; (Be) Bellflower; (Je) Jewish Missions; (B. L.) Bill Lowe; 
(Ha) Harrah, Wash.; (Os) Osceola, Ind. 



1st Brethren Church. 










Flora, Indiana 
General Fund 




95.00 
5.00 
7.51 


Sunday School (K) 
Total 


2.31 


Cleveland Fund 
Kentucky Fund 


219.83 


Krypton Fund 




6.51 


1st Brethren Church, 




Foundation Builders: 






Aleppo, Pa. 




Jewish Missions 




10.00 


Mrs. Ida Ullom 


5.00 


December payment 


on truck 




Mr. & Mrs. Wm Cook 


25.00 


at Lost Creek 




15.00 


Sunday School 


21.63 


Krypton Mission 




25.00 


Mrs. Mary Snyder 


10.00 


Lost Creek work directed 




Miscellaneous 


2.50 


by Landrums 




43.50 








W. M. S. (CI) 




10.00 


Total 


64.13 



THE OBSERVER 

(Continued from page 6) 

TOO MUCH "But it can't happen here." Well, read this excerpt 

WORLD TRUST from a report to the "Third Internationale Congress" by 

Earl Browder, Communistic Labor Leader in the United 

States : 

"The program for creating a people's front is also being lealized in 

the United States. There this program is being carried out by mass organi- 
zations of workers all for the purpose of creating a Farmer-Labor 

party. We, the Communists, can join in such a common front with the work- 
ers supporting Roosevelt. We have, to a considerable degree, common pur- 
poses and opinions, among them being the aspiration to defeat the. . . .Repub- 
lican Party and its supporters Due to such developments, the Commu- 
nists are penetrating stronger and deeper than ever into the Ametican 
masses, and are beginning to play an increasingly important part in the entire 
political life of the country." 
Dismay is characteristic on the part of many Christians in America 
when they see the treasured rights and liberties, that their forefathers laid 
at the foundation of the nation at so great cost, being sneered at and cast 
aside today. But it is only what is expected by those who know "The Book." 
It tells us plainly that those who reject the truth in Christ will in turn "Be- 
lieve a lie and be damned." (II Thess. 2:10-12.) Daniel warns us that in 
these days "They shall mingle themselves with the seed of men and they 
shall not cleave one to another." (Dan. 2:43.) No government, no social 
fabric, however beneficent, will endure, of all that man has made. These 
are the days when those Christians who have been trusting too much in the 
Christian character of our government must prepare to see it all collapse, 
and look up to Christ alone for comfort and deliverance in the midst of a 
crumbling world. 



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Red Hill Brethren Church, 

Boon Mill, Va. 

Cong'regation 13.15 

1st Brethren Church, 

Lanark, 111. 

Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Flickinger 10.00 

WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT 
MAKE? 

(Continued from page 20) 

Christianity has been destroyed. 
Does it make a difference? Most 
emphatically and dogmatically we 
say "IT DOES!" 

It is time for Christian people to 
awaken from their attitude of pas- 
sive indifference to one of true 
loyalty and obedience to the Word in 
all its purity. In the words of 
others, we humbly and reverently 
say "I believe. . . .In Jesus Christ. . 
Who was conceived by the Holy 
Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary." 



SHOULD A PASTOR 
INTERFERE ? 

(Continued from page 16) 

male, who take themselves too ser- 
iously, and want to run their class 
likG a sideshow, and sooner or later 
make it the main show. 

On the whole question of discord- 
ant elements, especially when it 
comes to an issue between the dis- 
turbance and the pastor, there is but 
one thing to do, and do it at once, let 
the church rise up in its sovereign 
might, stand by the pastor and elim- 
inate the disturbance. It does not 
matter how many go out, but every 
one that goes out, there will be ten 
more to take their place, and besides, 
how can a divided house stand ? 

All over the land there is brother 
and sister Diotrephes, whose chief 
characteristic is to love the "pre- 
em.inence." 

From all such turn away, and do 
so before sundown. That has been 
the method of the First Baptist and 
Temple Baptist Churches. We don't 
lose any time with cockle burs or 
disturbances. 



Mr. & Mrs. Harry E. Miller 
Lillian E. Dick 



10.00 
2.00 



Total 


22.00 


1st Brethren Church, 




Ankenytown, Ohio 




H. M. Bechtel 


5.00 


John Guthrie and family 


5.00 


Reta Brubaker 


5.00 


Wayne Guthrie 


5.00 


C. A. Beal 


10.00 


Mrs. C. A. Beal 


10.00 


Arnold Kriegbaum 


10.00 


Mrs. Florence Bechtel 


5.00 


Church offering 


19.00 


Total 


74.00 


1st Brethren Church, 




Turlock. Calif 




Mr. & Mrs. W. W. Heltman 


25.00 


Mr. & Mrs. N. J. Buckland 


20.00 


Total 


45.00 


Carlton Brethren Church, 




Garwin, Iowa 




Mrs. Tama Hall 


5.00 


Miss Goldie Richards 


5.00 


Mr. Opal Lowry 


10.00 


A Friend 


5.00 


Church offering 


15.60 


Mr. &Mrs. Kenneth Winterowd 


24.00 



Total 64.60 

2nd Brethren Church, 
Los Angeles, Calif. 

Arthur Adams 25.00 

George Baker 10.00 

Mrs. George Baker 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Paul R. Bauman 30.00 

Mary Virginia Bauman 5.00 

Louis Paul Bauman 5.00 

Mrs. Iverna Beam 5.00 

Miss Margaret Beard 5.00 

Mrs. Florence Bowhall 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Loren Brady 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Jesse Brown 12.50 

Miss Mary Brown 5.00 

Carl C. Brydon 5.00 

Mrs. Mary Bucknell 5.00 

Mrs. A. Caldwell 15.00 

Miss Mildred Chesney 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. H. A. Davis 10.00 

Mrs. Delia Denton 5.00 

William Fillion 5.00 

Mrs. William Fillion 6.10 

Mrs. Arrabelle Fillion 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Howard Gulley 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. C. C. Hay 15.00 

Miss Martha Hay 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Hoffman 20.00 

Roy Howard 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. William Jones 5.00 

Max W. Jones 10.00 



March, 1939 



(REPORT CONTINUED) 



Virginia Jones 5.00 

Miss Martha Kelly 5.00 

Mrs. Flora Knapper 5.00 

Mrs. Lennamae Knittel 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. A. L. Leffingwell 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. J. A. Leffingwell 25.00 

Mr. Walter A. Lepp 5.00 

Mrs. Walter A. Lepp 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Ed Maddux 30.00 

Dallas S. Martin 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Harold O. Mayer 10.00 

Mrs. Chester McCall 100.00 

Miss Ruth A. McClain 50.00 

Mr. & Mrs. W. R. McMinn 18.00 

Mr. & Mrs. W. E. McNeil 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. W. T. Mercer 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Harold Michener 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Clyde Miller 5.00 
Mr. & Mrs. Frank Miller & family 5.00 

Mrs. Lilly Monroe 5.00 

Mrs. Ida Morrison 5.00 

Mrs. Idell Moye 5.00 

Charles J. Nichols 10.00 

Mrs. E. H. Overholtzer 5.00 

Miss Florence A. Petersen 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Leroy G. Read 20.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Claude H. Reedy 15.00 

Mrs. Lula Reedy 25.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Reeves 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. C. E. Renter 15.00 

Lloyd Richardson, Jr. 5.00 

Miss Marie Ringler 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Ray Runyon 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. C. B. Shively 25.00 

Miss Hazel Shively 25.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Carl M. Soverns 10.00 

John Tilney 5.00 

Mary C. Wrightsman 10.00 

Miss Helen Yerian 5.00 

P. A. Yerian 10.00 

Miscellaneous 100.61 



Total 


902.21 


Fair Haven Brethren Church, 




West Salem, Ohio 




Clara C. Beetle 


25.00 


Mr. & Mrs. Paul Arnold 


20.00 


Mr. & Mrs. W. C. Martin 


5.00 


Berean Class 


40.00 


Gifts less than $5.00 


3.00 


Total 


93.00 


1st Brethren Church, 




New Troy, Mich. 




Rev. & Mrs. Russell L. Williams 


5.00 


Gifts less than $5.00 


6.00 



Total 



11.00 



1st Brethren Church. 
Roanoke, Va. 
Mr. & Mrs. R. G. Perdue & children 

10.26 
Mr. & Mrs. R. A. Greig & children 25.11 



Mrs. J. L. Lloyd and Dean 
Mrs. F. L. Brumbaugh 
Mr. K. E. Richardson 
Mr. & Mrs. H. E. Mills 
Mr. & Mrs. S. M. Coffey and 

children 
Mr. & Mrs. J. B. Huffman and 

daughter 
Mr. & Mrs. Chas. Clingenpeel 
Mr. & Mrs. J. E. Dangerfield 
Mr. & Mrs. Mada R. Coffey 



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5.70 
25.00 
60.00 
25.00 



10.77 

5.00 

12.00 

10.21 



Oscar Lyle 

Bandy 

S. A. Moore and Don 

W. B. Dangerfield 
Findley 
. H. 0. Simmons and 



5.6J 

5.77 

17.35 

25.00 

18.00 

6.45 
10.00 
30.00 

32.00 



Mr. & Mrs. Dewey Muray and Eva 27.24 

Mr. & Mrs. 

Mrs. G. W. 

Mr. & Mrs 

Mr. & Mrs 

Mr. W. V. 

Mr. & Mrs 

Shirley 
Miss Gertrude Rumberg 
Miss Ruth Richardsom 
Rev. & Mrs. H. W. Koontz and 

children 

Mr. & Mrs. Wm. Lyle and children 5.00 
Miss Rusha Ratliff 10.19 

Mr. N. T. Wright o.OO 

Mrs. L. F. Wright and children 7.00 

Mrs. E. B. Murphy and Elizabeth 7.43 
Mr. & Mrs. J. H. Putt and Nadine 15.00 
Miss Virginia Brumbaugh 25.04 

Miss Goldie Hale 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. B. H. Conner and children 

42.95 
Mr. G. W. Wheeler 7.21 

Miss Ollie Kingery 5.00 

Mr. &Mrs. Elwood Kingery 5.00 

Men's Bible Class 5.00 

Miscellaneous 32.00 



Total 

1st Brethren Church, 
Clay City, Ind. 

Ever Welcome Class (Ft.W.) 

Mrs. L. C. Rentschler 

W. M. S. 

Miss Jo. L. Morris 

Total 

1st Brethren Church. 
Johnstown, Pa. 

Gleaners S. S. Class 

Dorcas S. S. Class 

Loyal Women's S. S. Class 

Sunday School 

Work & Winn S. S. Class (CI) ( 

(Pe) 
Y.P.S.C.E. (CI .Bl) 
Mr. & Mrs. R. V. Redinger 
Mr & Mrs. Ernest Halliwell 
Janet Houston (Pe) (CI) (Wi) 

(ClBl) 
Rev. A. L. Lynn 



548.84 



5.00 

7.00 

18.37 

5.00 

35.37 



50.00 
4.35 
12.50 
16.16 
Wi) 
15.00 
30.00 
25.00 
25.00 

15.00 
10.00 



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Mr. & Mrs. Byron Noon (Gen) (CI) 

15.00 

Mr. & Mrs. C. E. Stump (CI) 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. T. H. Kyler 10.00 

Robert Sigg & Wife 10.00 

Arvilla Miller 10.00 

Esther Hostetler 10.00 

Adult C. E. 5.00 

Junior S.M.M. (CI) 5.00 

Junior C. E. 5.00 

Mrs. Blair Dick 5.00 

Mike Korlewitz 5.00 

Charles B. Byers 5.00 

Mrs. Arthur McClintock 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. W. G. Horn 5.00 

James M. Bifano 5.00 

Myles Hammers & Wife (CI) 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. V. Reighard 5.00 
Mrs. C. J. Heilman & Lottie 

(Wi) (CI) (Pe) 5.00 

Guy Stutzman & Wife 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. H. N. Cober 5.00 

Mrs. L. H. Mitchell & Sons 5.00 

Wm. R. Miller 5.00 

Marion L. Miller 5.00 
Mr. & Mrs. Walter Palliser (CI) 5.00 

Mr. &Mrs. H. Leslie Moore 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Carl Furst 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. John B. Gunter 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Sylvanus Custer 5.00 

Mrs. Evelyn McClelain 5.00 

Lavelle Horner 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Ben Stutzman (CI) 7.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Carl Uphouse (Wi) 5.00 

Mrs. James Bifano 5.00 

Gifts less than $5.00 29.25 



Total 



434.26 



1st Brethren Church, 
Rittman. Ohio 

Mr. & Mrs. Clyde Adams 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Virgil Armstrong 13.25 

Mr. & Mrs. Maynard Blatter 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Fred V. Blatter 25.00 

Mr. & Mrs. J. A. Blatter 20.00 

Miss Eula M. Blatter 11.50 

Mr. & Mrs. H. C. Brickel 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Chas. Baker 6.00 

Rev. & Mrs. L. L. Grubb 26.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Llovd Hoover 20.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Floyd Hoover 20.00 

Miss Floy L. Hoover 5.00 

Miss Gladys Hoover 5.50 
Mr. & Mrs. Atlee Hostetler & 

Betty 6.13 
Mr. & Mrs. H. B. Houch and 

Richard 8.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Clarence Kunkler 10.07 

Mr. Willis Lance 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. C. C. Moomaw 20.00 

Mrs. Telia Oberdusky 5.25 

Miss Wilma Smith 7.00 
Mr. & Mrs. T. E. Slaybaug & Karl 11.10 

Miss Genevene Walter 6.00 



Mr. & Mrs. James Stem & Sons 5.32 

Sunday School 10.00 

Adult C. E. 5.00 

Miscellaneous offerings 31.38 



7.40 



Total 302.50 

Sunol, Calif. 
Mr. & Mrs. Dan Hurley 15.00 

Center Chapel Brethren Church, 
Center Chapel, Ind. 
Mrs. Etta Wise 

Pike Brethren Church. 
Mundy's Corner, Pa. 
Woman's Missionary Society 
Christian Endeavor 
Home Department 
Sunday School 
Beginners Class 
Primary Class 
True Blue Junior Girls 
Class No. 3 
Class No. 5 
Class No. 6 
Rev. Kenneth Ashman 
Mr. & Mrs. Glen Grouse 
Mrs. Lillian Commons 
Mr. & Mrs. S. C. Cunningham 
Mr. & Mrs. John Griffith 
Mrs. Gertrud- Helsel 
Mr. & Mrs. Morgan Kirkpatrick 
Mr. & Mrs. Tim Kerr 
Mr. & Mrs. James Leonard 
Mr. Daniel Leonard 
Mr. Loy Leonard 
Mr. & Mrs. Isaac Miller 
Mr. & Mrs. Adam Rager 
Mr. & Mrs. Harold Rose & family 
Mr. & Mrs. Geo. B. Rose 
Mr. Donald Rose 
Miss Verna Rose 
Miss Mary and Mildred White 
Church 



15.00 

10.00 

4.00 

35.00 

7.05 

11.30 

6.50 

2.33 

4.40 

1L65 

15.00 

10.00 

5.00 

10.00 

10.00 

5.00 

20.00 

5.00 

25.00 

5.00 

5.00 

5.00 

10.00 

10.00 

10.00 

5.00 

5.00 

15.00 

34.56 



Total 321.79 

1st Brethren Church, 
Allentov^n. Pa. 

Rev. & Mrs. F. G. Coleman, Jr. 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Geo. Seagreaves 6.00 

Silberman Family 6.00 

Gifts less than $5.00 79.76 

Sunday School 14.40 

C. E. Societies 8.84 

Total 125.00 

Mrs. Margaret Hartman 

Wakarusa, Indiana 2.00 
Mr. R. R. Boon, 

Durham. Calif. 5.00 

1st Brethren Church, 
Washington, D. C. 

Mrs. Helen D. Anderson 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Frank L. Campbell 5.00 



March, 1939 



(REPORT CONTINUED) 



Mr. & Mrs. W. T. Charles 


5.00 


Mr. & Mrs. Edward Davis 


700 


Miss Beatrice Fernsner (Cu) 


20.00 


Mr. S. C. Fog-le 


7.00 


Miss Mabel Donaldson 


SO.OQ 


Mr. R. E. Donaldson 


75.00 


Mr. H. C. Dooley 


11.00 


Mrs. May Downs 


5.00 


Mrs. R. C. Dyer 


10.00 


Mr. & Mrs. F. Gardner 


5.00 


Mr. & Mrs. B. W. Gilbert 


5.00 


Miss Miriam Gilbert 


25.00 


Mrs. E. M. Harin^ 


5.00 


Mr. & Mrs. I. H. Hart 


5.00 


Rev. & Mrs. H. A. Kent 


10.00 


Mrs. Martha Keller 


5.00 


Mrs. Elsie Merrick & Miss Mary 




A. Merrick 


6.00 


Mr. & Mrs. R. Merrick 


30.00 


Mrs. S. H. May 


5.00 


Mrs. John E. Mehaffie 


5.00 


Mrs. Palma Murray 


5.00 


Mrs. Virginia Rowland 


5.00 


Mrs. D. B. Sampson 


5.00 


Miss Katherine J. Sampson 


5.00 


Miss Margaret E. Sampson 


5.00 


Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Smith 


10.00 


Mr. & Mrs. J. M. Stillwell 


5.00 


Mr. & Mrs. Elmer Tamkin 


35.00 


Mr. & Mrs. Scheyett and family 


5.00 


Mr. & Mrs. I. H. Vickery 


5.00 


Mr. & Mrs. Willis Wood (Wi) 


35.00 


Junior C. E. 


5.00 


Senior C. E. rWi) 


12.50 


Senior C. E. (Co) 


12.50 


Senior M. & M. (Wi) 


5.00 


Miscellaneous 


38.10 


Mr. & Mrs. F. E. Simmons 


100.00 


Mr. & Mrs. A. C. Munch 


30.00 


Mr. & Mrs. Lee Raum 


30.00 


Primary Dept. of S. S. 


12.50 


Sunday School 


3.90 


Mr. Floyd Hartman 


5.00 


Total 


680.50 


3t Brethren Church. 




Fort Wayne, Indiana 




Mrs. Hilda Broxon 


5.00 


Mr. Wilbur Stevens 


10.00 


Mrs. Bertha Stevens 


10.00 


Mr. A. B. Rian 


5.50 


Mr. Floyd Kerns 


10.00 


Mrs. R. Kerns 


5'.00 


Mrs. Dan Seibert 


5.00 


Mr. & Mrs. B. Elder 


7.00 


Mr. & Mrs. C. Theime 


5.00 


S. S. Offering- 


9.29 


A.M.F. Club 


5.00 


Y.P.C.E. Society 


5.00 


Miscellaneous 


34.38 


Mr. & Mrs. C. N. Agler 


10.00 


Rev. R. Paul Miller and family 


75.00 


Mrs. V. Armey 


5.00 


Adult Bible Class 


15.00 



Mr. & Mrs. Yaney and family 
Rev. Leo Polman and family 
Mr. & Mrs. Chas. Fetters 
Mr. & Mrs. V. Springer 
Louise Kimmel 
W. M. S. 
S. M. M. 
Miscellaneous 
Congregation (Cambria) 
Miss Laura Miller 

Total 

1st Brethren Church, 
Kittanning, Pa. 
Mr. & Mrs. Walter Jordan . 
Mrs. W. J. Wray and family 



25 



20.00 
60.00 

6.00 
12.50 
35.00 

5.00 

5.00 
12.28 
62.50 

5.00 



444.45 



5.00 



(Home) 


5.00 


Rev. G. W. Kinzie 


5.00 


Jennie Hooks family 


5.00 


Scott Richael 


5.00 


Mrs. Rose Pierce (Gen) (E) 


(L) 5.00 


Miscellaneous 


17.00 


Additional 


1.00 


Total 


48.00 


t Brethren Church, 




San Diego, Calif. 




Congregation, Additional 


9.69 


Previously reported 


146.19 



Total 155.88 

1st Brethren Church. 
Canton, Ohio 

Dr. J. C. Beal 50.00 

Mr. Donald Beal 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. LeRoy Bell 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. W. G. Crawford 10.00 

Miss Anne Frolo (Gen) (CI) 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. W. L. Guiley 25.00 

Mr. Eugene Guiley 6.00 

Mr. & Mrs. H. A. Heaston 5.00 

Jr. W. M. S. 5.00 

Mrs. A. B. Kidder 5.00 

Mrs. Laura Mahon 100.00 

Miss Ann Maro 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. A. Y. Robinson 20.00 

Miss Leah Robinson 10.00 
Mr. & Mrs. R. B. Smith (Gen) (E) 5.00 

Miss Vina Snyder 25.00 

Mr. T. M. Stump 10.00 

Miss Anne Sutek 5.00 

Miss Margaret Sutek 10.00 

Rev. & Mi's. Raymond Parks 5.00 

Gifts less than $5.00 42.55 

W. M. S. 10.63 

Additional 16.00 

Mrs. H. E. Spice 2.50 

Mrs. Weaver 1-00 

Mr. & Mrs. F. B. Lindower 12.50 

Mr. & Mrs. Grey Reynolds 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. T. A. Robinson 5.00 

Total 426.18 



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Cambria Brethren Church, 
Frankfort, Indiana 
CongTeffation 

Calvary Brethren Church. 
Pittstown, N. J. 
Albert G. Hann 
Mr. & Mrs. S. F. Weber 



5.56 



5.00 
5.50 



Total 


10.50 


1st Brethren Church, 




Uniontown. Pa. 




Sunday School 


112.00 


Women's Bible Class 


16.00 


Men's Bible Class 


37.09 


Truth-Seekers Class 


15.00 


Women's Missionary Society 


15.00 


Sisterhood of Mary and Martha 


7.50 


Mr. & Mrs. Philip Fox 


10.00 


Mrs. Matilda Maust 


5.00 


Mr. & Mrs. Ralph D. Kin^ 


10.00 


Chas. E. Miller 


5.00 


Mr. & Mrs. H. N. Krepps 


25.00 


Miss Mary Stacy 


5.00 


Geo. B. McCann 


6.00 


Clyde Hileman 


15.00 


Mrs. Clyde Hileman 


10.00 


Mr. & Mrs. William Cloup:h 


5.00 


Gifts less than $5.00 


100.99 


Foundation Builders 


9.00 


Stenson Edenfield 


5.00 



Total 



413.58 



West Tenth Street Brethren Church, 
Ashland, Ohio 



Mr. & Mrs. R. M. Green 


lun 


(CI) 


(Tr) 


(Gen^ 






30.25 


Howard Mayes 






5.00 


John Mayes 






5.07 


Vivian Mayes 






5.07 


Chas. W. Mayes 






5.00 


Mrs. Chas. W. Mayes 






5.00 


Mrs. Louise Garber 






25.00 


J. Ruskin Garber 






10.00 


L. F. Satterfield 






5.00 


C. E. Baker 






5.00 


A Friend 






30.00 


Lee H. EUing'ton 






5.00 


Grace Allshouse 






25.00 


Total amounts less than 


$5. 


00 


13.75 


Additional 






1.50 



Total 
1st Brethren Church, 
Dayton, Ohio 

Mr. & Mrs. A. D. Grubbs (E) 
Oscar H. Lentz 
Mr. & Mrs. Roy H. Kinsey 
Miss Phyllis Kinsey 
Miss Mabel Kinsey 
Clifford K. Yount 
Irene C. Yount 
Mary C. Yount 



175.64 



10.00 
5.00 

50.00 
5.00 

25.00 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 



Mr. & Mrs. A. Magnuson 9.25 

Mrs. Elizabeth Campbell 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Howard Bolender 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Oscar Abrat 16.40 

Miss Independence Kendig: 14.95 

Mr. & Mrs. H. KinR 7.00 

Roy A. Patterson and family 28.00 
Mr .& Mrs. L. T. Burkett 300.00 

Rev. & Mrs. R. D. Barnard 35.00 

Mrs. Anna K. Beeghly 17.00 
Mrs. Thelma Reed and daughter 17.85 

Joe Gallichio and family 11.50 

Mr. & Mrs. Don Wolfe 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. H. C. Smith 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. E. E. Marshall 9.50 
Dr. E. W. Long^necker and wofe 9.25 
Mr. & Mrs. Frank Pry and family 8.60 

Mrs. Daniel Younce 7.61 

Mr. & Mrs. Geo. Drahman 7.00 

D. P. Long- and family 7.00 
Mrs. W. C. Teeter and Miss 

Grace Buck 7.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Clyde E. Comer 7.00 

Helen & Henry Schaeff 7.00 

Mrs. Belle W. Ewing 6.00 

Margaret Hole 6.30 

Delight Hart 5.00 

O. E. Hacker 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. C. H. Crigler 5.00 

Wesley Baker 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. D. F. Alexander 5.00 

Mrs. A. W. Landis 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. G. W. Wogaman 5.00 

Carrie Wogaman 5.00 

Rev. M. M. Hoover 5.00 

Mrs. M. M. Hoover 5.00 

R. W. Harn 5.00 

Donald D. Grubbs 5.00 

Dorcas Barnard 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Holbert Alley 5.00 

Albert Shopes 5.00 
First Brethren S. S. 

Boethian Class 

Primary Dept. 

Beginners Dept. 

Cradle Roll Dept. 

U]) Streamers 

General Offering 

Agareans 

Miscellaneous 



Total 

1st Brethren Church, 
Listie, Pa. 

Mr. & Mrs. E. J. Schrock 
Mr. & Mrs. D. E. Maurer 
Mr. & Mrs. Ira Plough 
Rev. & Mrs. H. W. Nowag 
Charity Bible Class 
Women's Missionary Society 
Mr. & Mrs. C. J. Larmon 
Miscellaneous 

Total 



March, 1939 



1st Brethren Church, 
Leon. Iowa 
Congregation 
Rev. & Mrs. Miles Taber 
Angie Gai'ber 
M. E. Newlin 

Total 

Mr. & Mrs. N. G. Kimmel, 

Gratis, Ohio 
1st Brethren Church, 

Buena Vista, Va. 

Congregation 

A Friend 
1st Brethren Church, 

Hagerstown, Md. 

Ethel V. Myers 

Bessie B. Myers 

C. Frank Myers 



(REPORT CONTINUED) 



Total 

1st Brethren Church, 
Ellet, Ohio 
Report by classes. 
Little Sunbeams Class: 

Mrs. R. Hayes (Je) (Gen) 

Miscellaneous offering 
Little Rose Buds Class: 

Miscellaneous offerings 
Willing Workers Class: 

Mildred Flatten 

Rosemary Hayes 

Miscellaneous offerings 
Cradle Roll: 

Miscellaneous offering 



5.38 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 



20.38 



10.00 



50.00 
5.00 



5.00 
5.00 
5.00 



Total 


15.00 


1st Brethren Church, 




Bellflower, Calif. 




Sunday School 


12.27 


Mr. & Mrs. J. Burt 


5.00 


Mr. & Mrs. Jesse Hall 


5.00 


Mr. & Mrs. S. C. Robertson 


10.00 


Mr. & Mrs. Ed. Gerber 


5.00 


Mrs. Vesta H. Offertt 


5.00 


Mr. & Mrs. Geo. Lotshow 


5.00 


Mr. & Mrs. L. C. Marsh 


5.00 


Mrs. Floy Pine (Ju) (Be) 


5.00 


Mrs. Anna Slever 


50.00 


J. N. Graham and family 


5.00 


Gifts less than $5.00 


14.05 



Total 126.32 

1st Bi'ethren Church, 

Louisville, Ohio 

Congregation 1.00 

Mrs. Bessie E. Petrie, 

Stephens City. Va. 1.00 

1st Brethren Church 

North Georgetown, Ohio 

Mr. & Mrs. Emanuel Grise (CI) 5.00 

Congregation 2.00 



7.00 



10.00 
4.80 

7.67 

5.00 

5.00 

15.13 

5.23 



Busy Bee Class: 

Miscellaneous offering- 
Mrs. H. Joy 
Honor Class: 

Mr. & Mrs. P. McGraw 

Miscellaneous 
Christian Soldiers Class: 

Ray Hayes (Je) 

Ray Hayes 

Miscellaneous 
Little Jewells Class: 

Dorla Dean Brauchler 

Marie Mishler 

Marie Mishler (S. D.) 

Miscellaneous 
The Gleamers Class: 

Miscellaneous 
Truth Seekers Class: 

Miscellaneous 
Young People's Bible Class: 

Mr. & Mrs. A. Malles 

Mr. & Mrs. A. Malles (Je) 

Mr. & Mrs. H. Hoyt 

Mr. & Mrs. D. Pennington 

Mr. & Mrs. T. Carroll 

Mr. & Mrs. W. Brauchler 

Betty Mishler (Je) 

Betty Mishler 

Jack Simmons 

Edward Bowman 

Amelia Smith (Je) 

Mary Smith 

Helen Smith 

Doris Mishler 

Mr. & Mrs. W. Slichter 

Mr. & Mrs. W. Slichter (Je) 

Miscellaneous 
Adults Bible Class: 

G. A. Johnson (Je) 
G. A. Johnson 
H. W. Smith 
W. Pluck 
C. Thomas (Je) 



Mr. 
Mr. 
Mr. 
Mr. 
Mr. 
Mr. 
Mr. 
Mr. 



& Mrs. 
& Mrs. 
& Mrs. 
& Mrs. 
& Mrs. 
& Mrs. 
& Mrs. 
& Mrs. 



H. Joy 
J. Johnson 
0. Rupert 
Mr. & Mrs. C. Pluck 
Mr. & Mrs. K. Hancock 
Mr. & Mrs. J. Kurtz 
Mr. & Mrs. C. Long 
Mr. & Mrs. J. Bry 
Mrs. Pennington 
Mrs. Mary Smith 
Mr. & Mrs. A. J. McClain 
Ml-. & Mrs. Schuler (Je) 
Mr- & Mrs. Schuler 
Mrs. E. J. McClintic (Je) 
Mrs. E. J. McClintic 
Miscellaneous 

Adult Bible 

Women's Missionary Society 

Intermediate C. E. 

Young Peoples C. E. 

Junior C. E. 

Adult C. E. 



27 



2.79 
5.00 

5.00 
2.50 

5.00 
5.00 
4.45 

3.40 

2.21 

10.00 

16.40 

5.00 

6.69 

12.00 
5.00 

25.00 
5.00 
5.00 

15.00 
5.00 
1.28 
5.00 

10.32 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 
4.00 
1.00 

14.30 

2.00 
2.00 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 

10.00 
5.00 
5.00 

12.00 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 

25.00 
5.00 
1.00 

15.50 

13.00 

17.98 
7.69 

16.15 
3.00 

12.03 
9.34 

20.00 



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(Je) 



Adult C. E. (Je) 

Offering' to Rev. Wag'o 
Miscellaneous 

Total 

1st Brethren Church, 
Fremont, Ohio 
Mrs. Gordon Gonawei:i 
Mrs. Oliver Winters 
Mr. Kenneth Winters 
Mrs. W. T. Price 
Mrs. Rov Dicker 
Mr. & Mrs. Fred Hague 
Mrs. Merle Jacops 
Friends 

Total 

1st Brethren Church, 
Conemaugh, Pa. 
Mr. & Mrs. R. F. Anthony 
Mr. & Mrs. R. F. Anthony (CI) 
Mrs. J. J. Baker (CI) 
Mr. & Mrs. E. J. Brallier 
Mr. & Mrs. D. C. Byers (CI) 
Mr. & Mrs. Harry Custer 
Mr. &i Mrs. Carl Good (CI) 
Mr. & Mrs. Carl Good (Je) 
Mr. & Mrs. Delbert Grove (CI) 
Mrs. Ellen Grove (CI) 
Mr. & Mrs. Allen Hostetler 
Mr. & Mrs. D. H. Hamel 
Mr. & Mrs. D. H. Hamel (CI) 
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Plunk 
Mr. & Mrs. W. H. Schaffer 
Mr. & Mrs. Chas. Sigg and family 

(CI) 
George W. Smith 
Grover Snyder 
Mrs. Grover Snyder 
Rose Snyder 
Ruth Snyder 
Blaine Snyder 
Mr. & Mrs. Chas. Simmons 
Mrs. LeRoy Stapleton 
Sr. W. M. S. (Ju) 
F. B. Stutzman (Tr) 
Young Men's Class (Ju) 
Adult C. E. (Ju) 
Mr. & Mrs. W. C. Yeager (CI) 
James Simmons (Je) 
Gifts less than $5.00 



d.oO 
]3.15 
6.16 



523.52 



20.00 
10.00 
5.00 
5.00 
13.00 
5.00 
5.00 
5.15 

68.15 



25.00 

1.00 

25.00 

10.00 

5.00 

20.00 

10.72 

5.00 

5.00 

26.15 

20.52 

5.00 

1.00 

5.00 

14.37 

15.00 

20.00 

10.00 

12.44 

25.00 

25.00 

10.00 

10.00 

5.00 

7.00 

10.00 

5.00 

5.00 

10.00 

5.00 

13.52 



Total 366.72 

1st Brethren Church, 
Tracy. Calif. 

Mrs. Anna Cook 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. C. H. Clary (Tr) 5.0o 

Mr. & Mrs. W. R. Lahman 25.00 

Alice Wampler 8.00 

Mr. & Mrs. H. Dempsey 10.00 

Mr & Mrs. J. B. Coykendall 11.00 

Sunday School 14.90 

W. A. Coykendall (Tr) 5.00 



Mr. & Mrs. Geo. E. Pepper (Tr) 
Mr. & Mrs. P. L. Schopp 
Mr. & Mrs. Ellis Lehman and 

family 
Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Rambo 



Gifts less than 
Total 



.00 



10.00 
5.00 

5.00 

25.00 

6.50 



135.40 



West Homer Brethren Church, 
Homerville, Ohio 
Mrs. Sarah Correll 
Mr. & Mrs. John Correll (CI) 
Rev. & Mrs. Elias White 
Mr. & Mrs. G. McFerren 
Mrs. Lelak Kissel 
Mr. & Mrs. Lester Keyser 
Mr. & Mrs. Lester Keyser (J.M.) 
Mrs. Ida Hopkins 
Mr. & Mrs. Oren Trapp 
Rev. & Mrs. Harold Dunning 
Rev. & Mrs. Harold Dunning 



Mr. & Mrs. Edmund Hastings 

Mr. & Mrs. Harry Palmer 

Mr. & Mrs. Harold McDaniels 

Mr. & Mrs. Roy Hopkins 

Miscellaneous 

Woman's Missionary Society 



10.00 

25.00 

10.00 

10.00 

5.00 

5.00 

5.00 

5.00 

30.00 

5.00 

(B.L.) 

10.00 
25.00 
15.00 
5.00 
20.00 
13.17 
11.83 



Total 


210.00 


1st Brethren Church, 




Williamsburg, Iowa 




Mr. & Mrs. John R. Myers 


25.00 


Fred Miller 


5.00 


Gifts less than $5.00 


3.68 



Total 

1st Brethren Church 
South Gate. Calif. 
Congregation 

1st Brethren Church, 
Glendale, Calif. 
Walter Letson 
Mr. & Mrs. J. R. Dunn 
Mr. & Mrs. Earl Hedrick 
Ray and Esther Kirby (GI) 
Mrs. Don Noble Shaw 
O. L. Log'an 
Mr. & Mrs. J. A. Cole 
Frederic B. Fielding (Tr) 
Mr. & Mrs. O. J. Hammer 
Rev. & Mrs. Geo. Richardson 
Fred H Fielding (Tr) 
Stanley Cameron 
Mrs. Wm. Hengerer (S.D.) 
Miscellaneous 
Sunday School 
Mrs. Gladys Stivers 
Mrs. Sim Richardson 

Total 



33.68 



155.69 



10.00 

25.00 

5.00 

5.00 

5.00 

5.00 

25.00 

5.00 

15.00 

17.00 

5.00 

10.00 

5.00 

49.98 

70.78 

5.00 

5.00 

272.76 



March, 1939 



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1st Brethren Church, 




LaVerne, Calif. 




Mr. & Mrs. A. R. Boiling 


10.00 


Mrs. Clara Bath 


5.00 


Mrs. Elizabeth Clemmer 


5.00 


Mr. & Mrs. Oliver Colburn 


5.00 


Rov Doutt 


5.00 


R. J. Dahlem 


10.00 


Mr. & Mrs. David Frantz 


5.00 


Rudolph Fischer 


6.00 


Mrs. 0. E. Haines 


7.00 


Mrs. S. E. Hanawalt 


10.00 


Mr. & Mrs. I A. Jeffers 


5.00 


A. W. Keating 


25.00 


Mr. & Mrs. Frank Lapp 


10.00 


Wm. H. Linderman (E) 


5.00 


Mr. & Mrs. Claude MaMahan 


5.00 


Mr. & Mrs. E. E. Monia 


25.60 


Mrs. A. L. Montz 


5.00 


Mrs Anna Robinson 


10.00 


Dorothy Robinson 


10.00 


Mr. John R. Todd 


5.00 


Mr. & Mrs. Grant Walters 


5.00 


Mr. & Mrs. Elias D. White 


5.00 


Woman's Missionary Society 


5.00 


Woman's Bible Class 


10.00 


Junior C. E. Society 


4.00 


Sunday School 


50.76 


Sundry Members 


30.70 


Sarah Cobaugh 


5.00 


Rev. & Mrs. Donald Carter 


15.00 


Floyd E. Brower 


5.00 


Mr. & Mrs. George Hay 


7.00 


Mr. &Mrs. T. J. Steves 


25.00 


Mrs. C. C. Thomason 


10.00 



Total 351.06 

1st Brethren Church, 
Los Angeles, Calif. 

Mrs. Allen 5.00 

Mrs. Sadie Miller 10.00 

Miss Adda Saylor 20.00 

Mrs. J. S. Schisler 5.00 

A Friend 100.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Carl Coverdale 10.00 

R. A. Cooper 5.00 

Miss Francis Ayers 5.00 

George Berry 6.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Majores Schmitt 25.00 

Mrs. Carrie Ayers 5.00 

Miss May Belle Harrison 100.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Lester Lytton 10.00 

Miss Lucie Savior 15.00 

Mrs. Edith Emmons 6.00 

Rev. & Mrs. W. A. Ogden 10.00 

Donald Amett 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Gleson Haw 75.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Cy Leffler 6.00 

Mrs. J. H. Best 10.00 

Mr. &Mrs. C. O. Hyde 5.00 
Mr. & Mrs. Herman Weishaupt 25.00 

Miss Ruth Avers 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Wm. Kelly 7.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Cecil Snyder 10.00 



Miss Jane Edmonds 

Mrs. Mattie Judson 

H. C. Cassel 

Mr. & Mrs. Mel Stoner 

Miscellaneous 

Total 



29 



10.00 
15.00 
5.00 
10.00 
59.37 



589.37 



1st Brethren Church, 
Fillmore, Calif. 

Congregation 72.21 

1st Brethren Church, 
Sterling, Ohio 

Mr. & Mrs. Ernest Berry (K) 10.00 
Mr. & Mrs. I. L. Close and Buddy 10.00 

Mrs. Delia Hubacher (S.D) 5.00 

Miss Geneva G. Kuhn (S.D) 6.00 

Miss Bertha Kuhn 30.00 

Mr. &Mrs. Ed. Moine 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. F. E. Moine 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. R. S. Norton 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Geo. Peck 25.00 

Rev. & Mrs. J. Squires 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. N. L. Wheeler 5.00 

W. M. S. 5.00 

Small gifts less than $5.00 24.50 

Miscellaneous (L) 2.50 

Total 153.00 

1st Brethren Church, 
Meyersdale, Pa. 

Mr. & Mrs. M. L. Barber 5.00 

Miss Gertrude Beal 10.00 

Mrs. John Bittner 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. G. G. Bowman 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. M. H. Bowser 10.00 

Mr & Mrs H. L. Fike 5.25 

Miss Charlotte Forney 5.00 

Mrs. Llovd Forrest 5.00 

Mrs. Ada Lorentz 25.00 

Mr. John Meyers 10.00 

Mrs. Orpba Meyers 25.00 
Rev. & Mrs. Orville A. Loren? 20.00 

Mrs. A. W. Poorbaugh 5.00 

Mrs. J. L. Tressler 5.00 

Berean Bible Class 15.00 

Miscellaneous 17.16 



Total 177.41 

Mary A. and Carrye M. Arthur. 

Red Key, Ind. 2.00 

1st Brethren Church, 
Waterloo, Iowa 

Mr. & Mrs. L. E. Deits 5 00 

Mr. & Mrs. E. J. Schrock 25.00 
Mrs. Maude Hady & Miss 

Grace Pollard 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Cleve Miller 50.00 

Mr. & Mrs. J. B. Brubaker 10.00 

Mrs. N. P. Sorsenson 5.00 

Mrs. Maudeen Gayman 5.00 

Graham Hay 15.00 

Mrs. Maggie Peck 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. V. W. Schrock 10.00 



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Miscellaneous 4,00 

Total 139.00 

1st Brethren Church, 
Baltimore, Md. 

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Wiles 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Walter L. Grimm 5.00 

Mrs. C. 1). P^ngle 5.00 

Mrs. Nellie Williams 5.00 

Miscellaneous 5.00 



Total 


25.00 


t Brethren Church, 




Limestone, Tenn. 




Mr. & Mrs. J. R. Armentrout 


10.00 


M. D. Arnold 


JO.OO 


Mr. & Mrs. 0. E. McCracken 


5.00 


Lelia Arnold 


7.00 


Mrs. J. M. Monffold 


5.00 


Miss Mary Pence 


25.00 


Church 


14.00 


Sunday School 


10.00 


W. M. S. 


fi.OO 


C. E. 


3.00 



Total 

1st Brethren Church, 
Milledg'eville, 111. 



Total 

Summit Mills. Brethren Church, 
Summit Mills, Pa. 
Earl Brenneman 
Mr. & Mrs. Lloyd Firl 
Mrs. Ellen Hemmings 
Miscellaneous 

Total 

1st Brethren Church, 
Grafton, W. Va. 
Rev. Lee Crist 



95.00 



Mr. & Mrs. Madden Crouse 


5.00 


Dessa Hanna 


5.00 


Mrs. W. L. Puterbaugh 


25.00 


Total 


35.00 


1st Brethren Church, 




Martinsburg, Pa. 




A Brother and Sister 


100.00 


Mrs. J. L. Hampton 


5.50 


Mrs. J. E. Dilling- 


5.00 


Alice Snider 


5.00 


David Snider 


10.00 


Wayne Snider 


10.00 


Mrs. Alice Wisler 


5.00 


Woman's Missionary Society 


5.00 


Ladies Bible Class 


5.00 


Rose Circle Class 


5.80 


S. S. Classes 


8.05 


Less than $5.00 ffifts 


18.03 



187.38 



5.00 

5 00 

5.00 

18.00 

33.00 



15.00 



1st Brethren Church, 
Winchester, Va. 
Mr. & Mrs. Walter Anderson and 

family 
Mrs. Daisy Boyer 
Mr. and Mrs. Guy Coffelt 
Miss Mary Copp 
Mr. & Mrs. Homer Copp 
Mr. & Mrs. A. C. Frye 
Mr. Simon Hausenfluck 
Mr. & Mrs. Chas. Lockhart 
Mr. & Mrs. M. H. Rogers 
Miss Emma K. Stultz 
Mrs. Fred Spitzer 
Mr. Fred Spitzer 
Miss Brownie Lee Spitzer 
Norman H. Uphouse 
Young- People's Society of C. E. 
Adult Christian Endeavor 
Foundation Builders 
Sunday School 
Church Offering 
W. M. S. 



5.00; 

15.00 I 

5.00 : 

10.00 I 

10.00 

10.00 I 

5.00 1 

5.00 I 

5.00 * 

10.00 ! 
10.00 ! 

5.00 ] 

5.00 

15.00 

5.00 I 

7.00 j 

9.88 

15.00 I 

36.12 1 

15.00 



Total 

1st Brethren Church. 
Peru, Indiana 
Ruth Comerford 
Edith Cooper 
Mi's. Paul Kesling 
A Friend 



203.00 



5.00 

5.00 

10.00 

10.00 



Total 


30.00 


t Brethren Church, 




Falls City, Nebr. 




Mrs. H. J. Prichard 


5.00 


Harriett Kimmel 


5.00 



Total 



10.00 



Third Brethren Church, 
Philadelphia, Pa. 

W. M. S. (Os) 30.00 

Mr. Jacob Muller 30.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Chas. Buchter (Gen) 20.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Chas. Buchter (Os.) 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Philip T. Pfaff (Os) 15.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Philip T. Pfaff (Ju) 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. John Bauers 25.00 

Mr. & Mrs. H. Emhart (Gen) 20.00 

Mr. & Mrs. H. Emhart (Os) 5.00 

Vessev Family 20.00 

Rev. & Mrs. W. A. Steffler (CI) 5.00 

Rev. & Mrs. W. A. Steffler (Os) 5.00 

Rev. & Mrs. W. A. Steffler (Ju) 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Philip Pfaff. Sr. (Ju) 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. PhiHp Pfaff, Sr. (Os) 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Geo. Welte (Os) 12.00 

Mr. & Mrs. James E. Henry (Gen) 5.00 
Mr. & Mrs. James E. Henry (Ft.W) 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. F. Haines (Os) 10.00 
Women's Friendly Bible Class (Os) 

10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Adams 10.00 

Hugh McNeil 6.00 



March, 1939 



(REPORT CONTINUED) 



Class No. 12 (Os) 


8.00 


Mr. & Mrs. L. S. Kolb 


5.00 


Mrs. H. Edelmann 


5.00 


Mr. & Mrs. Geo. Struth 


5.00 


Class No. 3 


5.00 


Mrs. J. H. Wilkev 


5.00 


Mr. H. C. Cassel 


5.00 


Class No. 10 


5.00 


Jr. C. E. (Os) 


5.00 


Gifts less than $5.00 


11.00 


Gifts less than $5.00 (Os) 


4.00 


Total 


331.00 


Bethel Brethren Church, 




Osceola, Indiana 




Rev. & Mrs. Alton Witter 


5.00 


1st Brethren Church, 




Harrah, Wash. 




Rev. & Mrs. Robert Williams 


10.00 


Mr. & Mrs. Oscar Stiger 


5.00 


Congregation 


4.24 



Total 

Ist Brethren Church. 
Juniata, Pa. 
Mr. & Mrs. J. G. Shaw 
Ml-. & Mrs. I. E. Miller 
Missionary Society 
Mr. & Mrs. J. D. Brumbaugh 
Church, S. S. and banks 

Total 



•9.24 



5.00 
]1.00 
10.00 
10.00 
33.52 



1st Brethren Church, 
Goshen, Indiana 
Doi'is Follis 
I. Weslev Miller 
Mr. & Mrs. M. E. Horner 
Gifts less than $5.00 

Total 
1st Brethien Church, 



31 



5.00 

10.00 

5.00 

2.00 

22.00 



Compton. Calif. 


63.62 


t Brethren Church, 




Spokane, Wash. 


85 28 


t Brethren Church, 




Sunnyside, Wash. 




Mr. & Mrs. Floyd Turner 


10.00 


John Weed (Gen) (Ha) 


5.00 


Bessie Turner 


LO.OO 


F. R. and Mable Wescott 


15.00 


Mrs. Grace Turner 


10.00 


Mrs. E. Bowker (Ha ) 


5.00 


Mr. J. L. Strout 


5.00 


Mrs. H. M. Lichty (S. D.) 


3.00 


Berean Bible Class (Ha) 


8.00 


Don M. Hadley 


5.00 


E. W. Reed 


5.00 


W. M. S. 


2.50 


General offering (Ha) 


3.50 


Miscellaneous 


49.85 



69.52 



Total 



1.36.85 



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Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with 
the Lord."_I Thess. 4:13-18. 



"Up, up, my soul! full soon thou. Jiiayest see 

The heavens rent, — Christ coming 'in the air' ; 

We know not when, but knoiv He bids us live 
As those who hope that tvoyidrous joy to share. 

Up, up, my soul ! 'tis dark before the daivn; 

But day is breaking, — mark the gleam afar; 
Soar onwards t'wards thy try sting -place with Him, 

The Coming Lord, our glorious 'Morning Star.' 

Up, 2:p, my soiil ! He comes to right the ivrong ; 

He comes to bring in righteousness and peace; 
Up, up, my soul! burst forth in joyous song, 

For day will break and bring the world's release." 

— Bessie Porter Head. 



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SIONS COUNCIL. 

For His wonderful guiding hand during the 
past six months. 

For the remarkable THANKSGIVING OF- 
FERING of over FIFTEEN THOU- 
SAND DOLLARS to date, with 
more coming in. 

For the evidence of His favor in opening new 
fields to us in which to witness for 
Christ. 

We bow before Him in humility and praise. 



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BRETHREN HERALD 

Official organ of 
THE BRETHREN HOME MISSIONS COUNCIL 



Volume 1 No's. 3, 4 

Entered as second-class mattei- February 9, 1939, at the post office at Ashland, Ohio, 

under the Act of March 3, 1879. 

R. Paul Miller, editor 

Paul R. Bauman Roy A. Patterson 

associate editors 

HERE IS THE REASON WHY! 

This month we are joining the April and May numbers of the Brethren Herald. Quite 
a number of difficulties have arisen that have worked to this end to make it necessary. 
Delayed receipt of articles and other copy. Mechanical delays that no one could prevent. 
Delayed in getting cuts made on time. All these have joined to cause us to lose out 
in the effort to publish our magazine the first of the month for which it appears. We | 
were compelled to ask some of our contributors to supply copy on pretty short notice. 
The Publication House was given but little notice before the copy for the first issue 
appeared. Hence there were delays that arose even after all our friends had done 
their best to help us. By running the April and May issues together, we will be able 
to get back to a schedule that will put our magazine into the hands of all of our sub- 
scribers by the first of the month. We are sure that all of our subscribers will under- 
stand our situation. 

We wish to express our sincere appreciation for the many letters of commenda- 
tion that have been coming to us regarding the Herald. We are glad that so many 
people are finding help and blessing in its pages, and we hope to increase the help- 
fulness and power of its testimony. We are especially glad for the many words we 
have received to the effect that our folks are proud to pass this little magazine on to 
their friends and neighbors. That it may prove to be a real soul winning power is our 
earnest prayer. It is our fondest hope. 

CONTENTS 

Here Is The Reason Why 2 Across the Nation with our Secretai'y, 17 

What Doest Thou Here, Elijah? 3 Have We Come to This? 19 

Wanted — Young Men With Vision . . 5 A New Day for Brethren Young People, 21 

The Observer 7 Around the Council Table 2:] 

Erom — Uttermost to Uttermost .... 9 Financial Report '^8 

Will You Pi-ay For $5,000.00? 11 j^^^^^^ ^^ Thanksgiving' Offering". '.'. 29 

Some Reasons Why 13 rr-u rr j a- nu i oo 

Our "Unceasing Prayer" Band 16 ^he Ten Leadmg Churches 32 

The Herald is published monthly at the office of The Brethren Publishing Co., 
324 Orange Street, Ashland, Ohio, by The Brethren Home Missions Council, 

Berne, Indiana. 

Subscription rate, fifty cents per year. Those who give five dollars or more 
per year to the work of the Brethren Home Missions Council will receive this 
magazine regularly. Fifty cents each is deducted from such gifts to defray 
cost of the magazine. Changes of address should be sent to our office thirty 
days before they are made to avoid loss of copies. 



April-May, 1939 



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What Doest Thou Here, Elijah 



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Elijah, that mighty prophet, had 
just accomplished the most specta- 
cular and effective demonstration of 
the power of God in answer to pray- 
er. The people of the entire nation 
were compelled, after viewing this 
mighty sight of fire crashing down 
from Heaven upon the altar of sac- 
rifice, to shout, 'The Lord, He is 
God'. But now, twenty four hours 
afterward, we see this glorious man 
of prayer and 
victory, down 
in the desert, 
under a Juni- 
per tree, brok- 
en in spirit 
and discour- 
aged. What a 
sad turn for a 
ministry s o 
marvelous. 
What need had 
Elijah for an 
attitude like 
this? None 
whatever. The 
God that an- 
swered by fire 
was just as 
able to over- 
come Jezebel 
and all the 

powers of paganism. That fire 
could have kept right on flashing 
all over that nation till not an altar 
of Baal were left. But it stopped 
with that one demonstration. The 
fault was not in Jehovah, but in 
Elijah. HE DIDN'T ASK FOR ANY 
MORE FIRE! HE ASKED FOR NO 
MORE VICTORIES! IF HE HAD, 
HE WOULD HAVE GOTTEN 
THEM. 

Right here we want to talk about 
Foreign Missions and the Easter Of- 




fering that is now at hand. Our 
Brethren Foreign Missions have 
been going on from victory to vic- 
tory. The growth of our foreign tes- 
timony in twenty years has been 
marvelous. But now we are facing 
difficult times. Other Foreign Mis- 
sion Boards that have enjoyed 
great growth in the past have had 
to recall hundreds of missionaries. 
Some Boards have a standing debt 
of hundreds of 
thousands of 
dollars. But 
when we look 
for the reason, 
it is not often 
because of dif- 
ficulties on the 
field, but usu- 
ally because 
there has been 
a forsaking of 
the gospel of 
Christ for mo- 
dernism and a 
social pro- 
gram. God will 
not work mir- 
acles for a 
scheme like 
that parading 
under the 
name of His Dear Son! Hence, such 
works are going back. Now there 
comes a gloomy outlook from many 
sources on the whole program of 
Foreign Missions as though the 
great work has been done and that 
the day of Foreign Missions is past. 
They are down under the Juniper 
tree having lost sight of the miracle 
working power of God ! 

But this is no place for the Breth- 
ren Church! We are not afraid of 
Jezebel, nor are we looking for any 



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Juniper tree. WE ARE LOOKING 
FOR ANOTHER CARMEL. WE 
ARE READY FOR ANOTHER AL- 
TAR OF SACRIFICE I OUR GOD 
IS ELIJAH'S GOD, AND xlE STILL 
ANSWERS BY FIRE. We have not 
turned aside to Modernism. We 
have not embraced a social program. 
We are preaching a gospel that God 
can bless, and IS blessing. No mat- 
ter how the obstacles pile up. No 
matter how the Dictators rise up 
and spread over the world, there is 
going to be a great work of witness- 
mg for Christ so long as the Lord 
tarries. The Foreign Missions of the 
Brethren Church will go on and ex- 
perience the miracle working power 
of God in greater degree than ever. 
There never was a time when the 
world needed a true testimony for 
Christ more than in these terrible 
days of tyranny and the preparation 
of Anti-Christ. Just as God wrought 
the mightiest miracle in the dark- 
est days of Israel when Elijah cried 
for help, so will He work in behalf 
of His true servants in these dark 
days that are sweeping over the 
world. We can look for the greatest 
miracle to be wrought in the clos- 
mg days of this age in behalf of His 
faithful servants. 

Tlierefore, let this Easter Offer- 
mg for Foreign Missions record the 
greatest sacrifice the Brethren have 
ever made ! God's favor upon us in 
the past demands devotion in keep- 
ing with it. The tremendous oppor- 
tunity requires it. The near coming 
of Our Lord compels us. The swift 



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approach of the night of time when 
no man can work impels us. May 
we never hear words similar to 
those that burned the ears and 
heart of Elijah in the hour of his 
greatest failure to rise to his great- 
est opportunity, "What doest thou 
here, Elijah?" 

Our greatest Foreign Mission Of- 
fering Must Be Our Answer! 



GOD AT WORK IN ALTOONA 

Continued from page 27 

The other delights of this meet- 
ing were no greater than the privi- 
lege of .laboring with a true man of 
God m the Pastor, Randall Rossman. 
He is a man who loves souls, and 
whose people love him. Not one word 
of criticism did I hear of the pastor 
from his people. Indeed, I do not 
see how they could, justly. It was 
our privilege to be entertained in 
the pastor's home, and he and his 
wife did everything they could to 
make our stay a pleasant one. It was 
not easy to say goodbye to them. 

There is a great future ahead for 
the one Altoona Church if they con- 
tinue praying and working as they 
did during the meetings. They have 
a large field and it is responsive to 
the ministry and message of the 
Brethren Church. We hope to see 
an addition to the building that will 
make possible a real growth of the 
Sunday School. May Our Father God 
greatly bless these people and give 
them real success in the days ahead 
till Jesus comes. 



BRETHREN HOME MISSIONS COUNCIL 
Berne, Indiana. 



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as a gift to the work of 



the Council, in spreading the Gospel throughout America. 
Name_ address 



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April-May, 103.9 



WANTEI 



oung ivien 



ision! 



William H. Schaffer, pastor First Brethren Church, Conemaugh, Penna. 



On that memorable day called 
Pentecost, Peter with the eleven, 
answered their mockers with the 
prophecy of Joel "And it shall come 
to pass in the last days, saith God, I 
will pour out my Spirit upon all 
flesh and your sons and your daugh- 
ters shall prophesy, and your young 
men shall see vis- 
ions, and your old 
men shall dream 

dre?ims " The 

Christian Church 
has depended upon 
her young men see- 
ing visions. A vis- 
ion is some unseen 
thing made real. 
But visions of 
what ? 

First of all it 
must be a vision of 
the Lord Jesus 
Christ. A vision 
that will not allow 
its owner to rest un- 
til that vision be- 
come3 a reality. A 
vision that has 
transforming pow- 
ers, that brings life 
to the spiritually 
dead, that puts an 
impelling, restless spirit into hearts 
that are not satisfied with their own 
safety. A vision of regaining in 
Christ even more than was lost in 
Adam's fall. A vision of the Cross 
of Calvary and such a one that gives 
reality to the Grace of God and 
makes one really appreciative of His 




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love for a sin-shackled, hell-bound 
humanity. 

Secondly, our young men must see 
too, the undying love of Jesus Christ 
for souls just as precious to God as 
their own. The Prophet Isaiah was 
a rather self-confident, self center- 
young man UNTIL one day he saw 
"the Lord sitting 
upon a throne, high 
and lifted up, and 
his train filled the 
temple." What ef- 
fect did this vision 
have on Isaiah ? The 
next few verses of 
chapter 6 tell us, 
"Then said I, Woe is 
me! for I am un- 
done; because I am 
a man of unclean 
lips, and I dwell in 
the midst of a peo- 
ple of unclean lips: 
for mine eyes have 
seen the King, the 
Lord of hosts." Was 
Isaiah satisfied with 
that revelation ? Did 
he say, ' I certainly 
have been favored 
of God. That was a 
wonderful experience." And then 
did he find a comfortable place to sit 
down and rest himself and plan to 
live out his days in that past revela- 
tion? NO! Read on, "Also I heard 
the voice of the Lord, saying. Whom 
shall I send and who will go for us? 
Now, did Isaiah begin to look around 



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to see if there was anyone else near 
and perchance God was directing 
this challenge to them and hoping 
in his own heart that God certainly 
did not mean that he should go? 
Again the answer is "No!" We be- 
lieve that without any hesitancy on 
the part of Isaiah he cried out, 
"Here am I; send me!" 

A few hundred years later anoth- 
er young man while traveling along 
a highway saw a vision. He saw in 
vision a resurrected Christ pleading 
for his self righteous and persecut- 
ing heart. That vision had trans- 
forming power. That vision brought 
a haughty spirit to a place of hum- 
bleness and utter dependence upon 
God. That vision of Saul of Tarsus 
had not only a personally transform- 
ing power, but an impelling motive 
that gave this converted Pharisee 
such a restless spirit that he was not 
satisfied until he had given his very 
life for the Gospel. God knew He 
could trust the Apostle Paul and so 
gave him another vision. The vision 
of the man of Macedonia. You and 
I today are enjoying the answer of 
Paul to that vision. Suppose Paul 
had said "no" to that vision. Sup- 
pose he had turned his back on that 
plea. We might be sitting in heath- 
en darkness waiting, waiting and 
longing for just a ray of divine 
light. Thank God Paul answered 
that call ! ! 

We are almost two thousand years 
removed from that scene. Has God 
ceased giving visions? We believe 
not. Leaf through the pages of 
Church history, and the history of 
Christian missions, and you will find 
that the Christian Church carried 
on even through her darkest hours 
because her young men saw visions 
of like nature and answered their 
call. There was Polycarp, Augus- 
tine, Luther, Wesley, Carey, Living- 
stone, Judson, Moffat, Mack, Crib- 
ble and hosts of others who gave 
their very life's blood as their final 
testimony. 



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If the Brethren Church is to con- 
tmue to present to this ungodly 
world the testimony of a pure and 
unadulterated Gospel her young 
men must see the vision, not of 
worldly face and gain, but first of 
all the transforming vision of Jesus 
Christ the Savior and then the vis- 
ion that produces self-denial for 
Christ-honoring service. 

Young men, God is still giving 
visions. He is giving them to those 
whose eyes are looking to things 
eternal. He is giving them to young 
men who are not satisfied to bask 
in the sunshine of another's labor. 
God is giving visions to those hearts 
that are filled with an undying en- 
thusiasm for lost souls whether 
those lost souls be in Africa, South 
America, or in the home community. 

We take heart and praise God for 
those who have already seen those 
visions and are either now serving 
or preparing to better answer the 
call to greater service. The Breth- 
ren Church need not worry over her 
future when from the pulpit the 
Gospel of the Grace of God is so 
preached that young men under 
such testimony will see transform- 
ing and service — impelling visions. 



BRETHREN YOUNG PEOPLE 

Continued from page 22 

name for opportunity. It would 
seem that God has somehow pre- 
served our Church with its sound 
faith and testimony for this darken- 
ed hour in the world's history. God 
needs men ! God needs women ! The 
call is to you, young men and women 
of the Brethren Church. The Breth- 
ren Student Life Volunteers has 
opened a new day for you. Accept 
its offers and assistance and in 
turn, make it to prosper for His 
sake. God bless you. 
National Superintendent, Kenneth 
B. Ashman, Conemaugh, Penna. 



Ainil-May, 1939 



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THE SLAVE It is a long jump from Egypt to Germany, for the Jew. 

DRIVERS AT Three thousand years of hectic living have mtei-vened. 
WORK AGAIN National ascendancy, national humiliation, national _ de- 
vvuKiv AK. gradation, national separation from God, national disin- 

tegration, national dispersion; endlessly hated, cursed, robbed, and mas- 
slSedf light to a new land and finding peace and prosperity, only to soon 
be TedAced^o poverty and misery; all these have filled 'the years between. 
And yet after all it isn't such a great jump from Pharoah to Hitlei ! 

The four hundred and thirty years of their sojourn m Egypt saw them 
drift steadily into the ways of the Egyptians. They were almost swallow- 
ed un and forgotten Finally the favor of God upon their increase made 
theS^t^becl^e s^ch a me/acing factor in Egyptian life that fea^'^^^^^^^^^ 
their overlords to fasten a galling slavery upon them. For two thousand 
years and more, they have been ^w^^owed up aniong he na^ 
world. Millions of them have forgotten the God of their fathei Abraham 
and Isaac and Jacob. The golden calf of Egypt has drawn the affections 
ofmany of them. But the hand of God's favor upon them is f H the f^^^, 
of their sorrows. They are hated because they are feared It is this feai 
that they may become greater than the Germans m that land ^^^^^ has 
r^iispd Hitler to hate them so. Once more the fear of Egypt is abioad. 

It ' s most si^ificant that we read in the news despatches from Europe 
thft inrder tfprovide sustenance for the Jews until they can be provided 
fo in other lands, the German government is now planning to dra^^^^^ 
Jews into public works. The idea is to put them to woik m legiments 
under strict discipline, giving them only food and clothing and shg^erm 
return. What is this but the old Egyptian slavery over agam? How tar 
is it from the old cry "You must make bricks without straw 

In EffVDt the crack of the slave driver's lash drove Israel to their knees 
to cry toThe God that answered their father ^^-,f-:^^^fj^^^^^ 
He sent them Moses, their great deliverer, who led them to their promisea 
la^d Just ^ will it be thit in the midst of their sorrows upon sorrows 
'rth the whTpTash of the slave driver once more ^rackmg over them hat 
fhpv will rrv out again mightily to Jehovah. Once more He will be heard 
of them iS theh- dlSess, flsaiah 27:13, 'They shall come who are ready 
to nSh'M and send them another 'Greater than Moses', a Deliverer, Who 
shZl " un; away ungodliness from Jacob' May the present sorrows o^^^^^^^ 
rael be but the birth-pangs of a new age f^^t^em May Jehovah exch^^^^^^ 
every blow that now falls upon them, for a blessing. Let us^ piaj toi tlie 
peace of Jerusalem", for "they shall prosper that love thee . 

HEADED FOR One of the most significant facts of world affairs to- 



o 

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ment', by preaching that all is well and that the world is getting better 
One such preacher recently said to one of his men who took hm to talk 
tor such baseless preaching, "If we say the world is getting worsTand thlt 
ZXf '^^^h' ^' ^^^^^/^^!^^ ^^^^tters worse." So he dfcided^to Join the fedse 
piophets and'smg a lovely song' while the juggernauts of war and misery 
are multiplied by the thousand, and start their march to the 'blackness of 
the S ^ Ho^"' • ?r^^ spiritual ostriches have no business preaching 
the Bible. How can they face such despatches as the following^- 
Forty Nine Million Trained Soldiers Ready For Action! 
The Associated Press despatch went on, "Forty nine million trained 
soldiers stood ready for eventualities in Europe tonight". Then appeared 
me list ot the armies. 
For Czechosovakia — 

^^^'°'' , , . Standing Reserves Total 

Czechoslovakia 190,oo 1,500,000 1,690,000 

Soviet Russia 1,250,000 11,110,000 12,360,000 

British Empire 995,000 9,000,000 9,925,000 

!;''^''^^ 630,000 5,245,000 5,875,000 

V T""- 1^0'00<^ 1,610,000 1,760,000 

^"^^'^^^^^ 110,000 1,500,000 1,610,000 

^ ^^]^^ 33,220,000 

r or Germany — 

Germany 830 OOq 2,455,000 3,285,000 

From Austria 55^000 210,000 265,000 

Combined Germany Total ; " 3,550,000 

pV a ^^^'^^^ 6,490,000 6,945,000 

Hun"tv ^'"'^^^ '-'^^'^^^ l'551'OOO 

""^"""^^ 60,000 500,000 560,000 

^°^^^ 16,156,000 

Grand total possible mobilization 49 376 000 

Put into the hands of these millions of men the blasting, horrifying de- 
vastating instruments of human destruction that are now ready for loosing 
upon mankind m countless numbers, Pnd what sane man could herald a 
roseate picture for the days ahead? With a reckless madam like Hitler 
drunk with his own almightiness, scrapping agreements of honor and trea^ 
ties, running amuck among other nations that are armed to the teeth how 
can any sober person see tranquility ahead. But are we to be surnrised 
and m consternation over it? Not at all. The Bible believing Christian 
opens his Bible and reads all about it. The prophet Joel wrote all about it 
ziTOO years ago, Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles: 'Prepare war, wake 
up the mighty men ! let all the men of war draw near, let them come up As- 

vnlJ^ r^'f ,f ''f \^?^,^^f ^V'l^ ^'"^ nations, and gather yourselves together 
lound about." Joel 3:9-11. It is very plain that if ever the Gentiles were 
preparing war and 'drawing near', it is today. It does not require a great 
leap Ox imagination to see the old world plunged into that chaos of war and 
terror that will wind up with "Multitudes, multitudes, in the valley of de- 
cision. But that isn't all that the Bible loving Christian reads. He also 

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April-May, 1939 



FROM- 



Uttermost to Uttermost 



Charles H. Ashman, Whittier, Calif. 

With this powerful evangelistic sermon we begin a new department in the 
Herald. It is our purpose to have in each issue of the. Herald at least one 
message on salvation that vvill terve to bear a true testimony sufficient to bring 
a soul to Christ. We want this magazine to be such that it can be handed to 
friemds that need comfort, and Christ. Pass them on. — R. P. IV1. 

Luke 13:11 with Hebrews 7:25 



There are only two places in all 
the Bible where the word that is 
translated "uttermost" in Heb. 7:25 
is found in this form. The other is 
in Luke 13:11. In the passage in 
Luke we have the record of the wo- 
man bound with the "spirit of in- 
firmity for 18 years." She was 
"bowed together so 
that she could in no 
wise lift herself." 
What a pitiable 
sight she must have 
presented! In help- 
less inability! 
Crooked, with her 
head down, her 
back twisted, the 
body distorted, not 
able to look up nor 
lift herself up. Sa- 
tan had bound her! 
The Lord said so ! 
Jesus healed this 
woman. He declares 
to her, "Thou art 
loosed from thine 
infirmity." He laid 
his hands on her 
and immediately 
she was made 
strait. Then she glorified God. This 
was a glorious experience and mir- 
acle. The crooked made strait! Man 
says in Ecclesiastes 1:15, "That 
which is crooked cannot be made 
strait." God says in Isaiah 40:4, 
"The crooked shall be made strait." 
Now the word used in Luke 13:11, 




Charles H. Ashman 



declaring that this unfortunate wo- 
man "could, in no wise lift herself," 
is the same word that is translated 
"uttermost" in Heb. 7:25. It is the 
Greek word, "panteles", meaning in 
helpless inability in the case of the 
woman. She was helpless to the ut- 
termost! But in Heb. 7:25, it de- 
clares that Jesus 
Christ is "able also 
to save them to the 
uttermost that 
come unto God by 
him." Helpless to 
the uttermost! Sav- 
ed to the uttermost ! 
From the uttermost 
to the uttermost! 
All Crooked By 

Nature 
Satan hath bound 
everyone in the 
helplessness to the 
uttermost with the 
old crooked nature. 
We are born crook- 
ed. "By nature we 
are the children of 
wrath". "Even as 
others" for "there 
is no difference." 
The seed of sin is within every 
heart and it is alive. The poison of 
sin is within every soul and it works. 
The leprosy of sin is within every 
nature and it is active. We are in 
helpless inability to the uttermost 
to do anything about this old crook- 
ed nature also. No man can tame 



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the smallest member of his body. 
"The tongue can no man tame." No, 
nor can a woman tame it either! 
James declares it is a fire. Job pic- 
tures it as a scourge. Jeremiah de- 
clares it is an arrow of death. Paul 
stamps it as having the poison of 
asps beneath it. The hyena has the 
reputation of being the most untam- 
able of all beasts, but the tongue is 
more so. 

Yes, everyone of us, by nature, is 
crooked to the uttermost. Our con- 
ception of sin is all wrong. We be- 
lieve that murder is the most ter- 
rible of sins. We count suicide as 
the most cowardly and adultery as 
the most filthy. So we classify and 
grade sins. But sins do not make a 
person a sinner. Man sins because 
he is a sinner. Today much called 
"self-expression" is being taught. 
We should teach "self-repression" 
instead. We speak of certain folks 
being saved from "the guttermost to 
the uttermost". We seem to think 
that the miracle is greater to save 
those who have gone far down the 
moral scale than others. There is a 
sense in which "to whom much is 
forgiven, much is appreciated." But 
EVERY UNSAVED PEPvSON IS IN 
THE GUTTEPv AND LOST TO THE 
GUTTERMOST. Every last moth- 
er's son and daughter of us is 
crooked to the uttemiost. We have 
heard of some who were declared to 
be so crooked that they had to sleep 
in a corkscrew bed and screw on 
their socks and could only eat 
spaghetti. But no one was ever 
made crooked because of crooked- 
ness. We are all crooked by nature, 
twisted, distorted and that to the 
uttermost. 

The Greatest Sin 

What, after all, is the greatest 
sin? It is REJECTION OF JESUS 
CHRIST! No man will ever go to 
hell because of SINS. No man will 
ever go to heaven because of NO 
SINS. We will escape hell or gain 
heaven by and through Jesus Christ. 



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It is not a question of SINS but one 
of SON. One day Jesus was asked 
the question whether the Galileans 
whose blood Pilate mingled with the 
sacrifices were sinners above others. 
Pilate had captured these as they 
were offering their sacrifices. He 
slew them and actually mingled 
their human blood with the blood of 
their sacrifices. Jesus said, "Sup- 
pose ye that these were sinners 
above all Galileans? Nay, but ex- 
cept ye repent ye shall all perish." 
We need to remember that the best 
moral person is just as crooked by 
nature as the worst crook (as man 
calls him). If you are a Christ-re- 
jector, you are as far away from 
God as you possibly get. You are 
lost to the uttermost right now. 
You are "condemned already be- 
cause ye have not believed." 
Saved To The Uttermost 

Now look to the other UTTER- 
MOST. Jesus Christ is able to 
SAVE UNTO THE UTTERMOST 
all who come unto God by him. How 
does He do this? Not by annihila- 
tion of that old nature. That would 
make us cowards. That would make 
us a race of weaklings. We grow by 
opposition and challenges and perse- 
cution. Neither does He save us by 
suppression. You cannot suppress 
the old nature. You curb it at one 
point and it will break out at an- 
other. It is like physical diseases. 
Medical Science has discovered 
many remedies and cures for diseas- 
es formerly considered incurable. 
But just as soon as it discovers a 
cure for one disease another "new 
and rare disease" appears. It is so 
with the old nature of sin. It can 
neither be annihilated nor suppress- 
ed. 

Counter Nature 

Jesus Christ saves us to the utter- 
most by a counter nature. We are 
made "partakers of the divine na- 
ture". It is the operation of the 
counter-attraction or counter-inter- 
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April-May, 1939 



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Will You Pray for $5,000.00 



Our Cleveland Church has been 
going through the most difficult 
times of any of our new points. 
While the members of the congrega- 
tion have been drawing closer to 
God and bringing their lives into 
keeping with His will, yet they have 
been laboring under an exceedingly 
heavy handicap in their efforts to 
reach others. Since the very begin- 
ning of the work 
this congregation .^jf 

has been suffering 
because of the lack 
of a proper place in 
which to worship. 
They have had to 
depend upon the fa- 
vor of school boards 
to allow them to use 
these public build- , 
ings. No arrange- 
ment has ever been 
more than tempor- 
ary. They have al- 
ways had to use v 
upper floors of a 
school which has 
been a distinct dis- 
advantage in get- 
ting an attendance. 
They have never 
been able to adver- 
tise their work 
around the school lest it arouse in- 
dignation of some and cut off their 
privilege of using the building at all. 
As a result their school and congre- 
gation have grown very little dur- 
ing the last two years. No congre- 
gation can stand still more than six 
months without serious harm to the 
entire work. The pastor, Rev. Tom 
Hammers, has been fighting val- 
iantly to prevent a spirit of discour- 




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agement coming over his people. 

While the Cleveland Congregation 
has the ground for their building, 
yet they do not have funds for the 
erection of the structure. One can- 
not build just anything in Cleveland 
and call it a church. Nor can you 
go to just any financial institution 
and borrow funds with which to 
build. The secretary of the Council 
and the Pastor of 
the Church canvas- 
sed the possible 
sources of funds 
everywhere, but 
', without result. 

Banks, Insurance 
Companies, Build- 
ing and Loan Asso- 
ciations, Lumber 
Companies, private 
parties. All without 
result. We found 
that the Federal 
Housing Act would 
loan to anything 
but a church. While 
this situation is 
/ growing elsewhere, 

yet it IS worse in 
Cleveland District 
right now due to 
some very notorious 
Churches which borrowed hundreds 
of thousands of dollars, and then 
defaulted on most of their debt. This 
has led to a general understanding 
among financial institutions of that 
section that no loans are to be made 
to churches under any circum- 
stances. 

For those denominations which 
have accumulated building funds 
which loans can be made to new 



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groups till they are able to pay i'c 
off, such a situ?tion is not so diffi- 
cult. But the Brethren Church has 
no such funcb from which to di'aw. 
Of one thing, we are convinced: 
THE CHURCH MUST PREPARE 



TO DO MOST OF ITS OWN 
FINANCING IN THE FUTURE. 

Now here is the situation. The 
congregation has clear deed to an 
acre and a quarter of very fine land 
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SOME REASONS 
WHY 

Raijmond Gingrich, EUet, Ohio 



Why does the Brethren Frater- 
ity number only 30,000 communi- 
cants after almost sixty years of 
existence as a distinct denomina- 
tion? Why has the Brethren Fra- 
ternity had a net gain of but six 
congregations since 1895, when the 
total number was 138, with a re- 
duction of thirty in the total num- 
ber of places of worship ? Why has 
the Brethren Fraternity, number- 
ing slightly more than 10,000 com- 
municants in 1895, only tripled its 
net membership in more 
than forty years? These 
puzzling questions have 
been upon our minds for a 
number of years. They 
still are. In speaking with 
a present member of the 
Ashland College faculty a 
number of years ago, he 
made the observation to us 
that he didn't enjoy the 
embarrassment of being 
asked what the Brethren 
Church was, when being questioned 
: about his church affiliation. We 
! heartily agreed with his observa- 
■ tion. We still do. Since that time 
j we have asked ourselves the above 
questions many times. Without at- 
1 tempting to speak with final or ab- 
] solute authority upon these prob- 
1 lems, we, nevertheless, wish to sug- 
gest some probable reasons why 
the undesirable conditions have pre- 
vailed. 

I. A lack of vision is partially re- 
sponsible for the comparative in- 
significant size and growth of the 




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Brethren Church. "Where there is 

no vision, the people perish • " 

- — Prov. 29:28. Certainly this pro- 
verb involves, among other things, 
the truth that a lack of vision in the 
things of the Lord and His Church 
promises disaster. 

This lack of vision has been dem- 
onstrated in several ways, of which 
the following are a few: 

1. A failure to forsee the neces- 
sity of establishing the Brethren 
Faith in strategic centers of popula- 
tion is an evidence of this 
lack of vision. We have be- 
fore us Robert Glover's 
text-book on The Progress 
of World-Wide Missions. In 
the chapter of the "Period 
of Apostolic Missions" he 
lists among the methods 
employed by Apostohc Mis- 
sionaries of the first cen- 
tury that of establishing 
churches in important cen- 
Ginarich ters, such as Jerusalem, 
Capernaum, Antoich, Ephe- 
sus, Corinth, and Rome. He says 
that the churches established in 
these great centers of population 
"stand out far too plainly in New 
Testament Missions for us to es- 
cape the lesson of the importance of 
similar centers today, with their 
vast populations and powerful radi- 
ating influences" (page 36). In 
spite of this New Testament back- 
ground, and in spite of the histori- 
cal background in respect to the 
progress of other denominations, 
the Brethren Church has been pre- 
dominately a rural church. With 



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but a few unsuccescful attempts, 
and perhaps as few that, were suc- 
cessful, to enter larger cities, the 
Brethren Faith has been unknown in 
the larger centers of population. 
This is not an attack upon rural 
churches. They represent a fine, 
prosperous people. They should be 
cared for with church homes but not 
to the exclusion of urban centers. 
How many cities of a million or 
more people can lay claim to a 
Brethren Church among its roster 
of churches? Probably three! How 
many cities of half a million or more 
can list among their churches one of 
the Brethren Faith ? Probably three 
or four ! How many cities of a quar- 
ter million or over in population can 
claim a Brethren Church among its 
Christian institutions ? Probably 
three or four! Why? Because there 
has been a lack of vision in respect 
to the possibilities in these centers 
of population. If a Brethren Church 
can be established in Philadelphia, 
one can be established in Chicago ; if 
a Brethren Church can be establish- 
ed in Cleveland, one can be estab- 
hshed in New York; if a Brethren 
Church can be established in Los 
Angeles, one can be established in 
Detroit. In fact we believe that a 
Brethren Church can be built in 
most any city where there are peo- 
ple to be saved. But— it demands 
vision, faith, funds, men. 

2. No adequate provision had been 
made to care for the shifting of the 
population from rural to urban cen- 
ters. Though there has been a fluct- 
uation of the population between the 
country and city, yet, the general 
trend during the past half century 
has been toward the urban centers. 
The many great centers of popula- 
tion, and the many more cities of 
lesser size establish this contention. 
Yet, in spite of this fact, the 
Brethren people have been predom- 
inately rural-minded. Only in recent 
years has this dominate note been 
changed and a new interest been 



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demonstrated in planting churchesl 
in strategic centers. We recognize! 
that there have been a few excep-j 
tions to this generahzation, but thevl 
have been few, and several of the 
exceptions proved unsuccessful. 
What has been the result of this 
rural mindedness of the Brethren 
peoples? Thousands of the Breth-! 
ren faith, migrating to the cities, 
have been lost to the Brethren 
Church. We are thankful that there i 
IS in late years a demonstration of 
mterest in a number of successful 
attempts made to plant churches in 
strategic centers of population. 
Under the new program, so far as 
we know, there has not been a single 
failure, but rather marked success, 
m this new emphasis. This should 
help to absorb many of these Breth- 
ren who otherwise have been or 
would be lost to the church. This 
should have been done long ago. 

3. A lack of wisdom and vision has 
been manifested in the selection of 
sites for the planting of Brethren 
Churches in many of the cities 
where such churches have been es- 
tablished. A few examples will suf- 
fice to emphasize this observation. 

(1). In the city of Mansfield, 
Ohio, a Brethren Church was found- 
ed many years ago in a section of I 
that city which, apparently, never \ 
had any bright prospect for growth ' 
and appeal to the prosperous middle 
class of people of that city. To be 
sure, there are and have been some 
fine people who have been members 
of that church, but, due to its loca- 1 
tion, both industrially and socially, 
there is and has been no prospect for 
improvement or growth, at least for 
twenty or more years. Yet year af- 
ter year money was poured into that 
work which has never produced 
proper returns for the money spent. 
Had the church been located in a 
better section of the city, we believe 
that there would be a fine, prosper- 
ous Brethren Church in that city of 
approximately 50,000 people. 



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(2). In the city of Fort Wayne, 
Indiana, a Brethren Church was es- 
tablished many years ago on an un- 
wise site. Never, until just recently, 
with the purchasing- of a new loca- 
tion and building, has that work giv- 
en an indication of justifying the 
money and effort spent in years 
gone by to develop a church in that 
city of over 100,000 souls. 

We might cite Des Moines, Iowa, 
Columbus Ohio, and many other 
examples which, we believe, would 
further establish this contention 
that unwise choices in the selection 
of locations for planting churches 
have shorn the Brethren Church of 
some of the choicest opportunities 
for growth and progress. They are 
too well known to require rehearsal 
here. 

4. A lack of funds with which to 
establish churches in new fields has 
been a serious hindrance to Breth- 
ren progress. Tliis is very aefinite- 
ly a result of the lack of vision, not 
so much a lack of means. In 1937- 
38 the total offering and income for 
Home Missions was over $28,0u0. 
Forty one years ago the report of 
the Mission Board was approximate- 
ly $1,600. Thirty nine years ago the 
Home Mission report indicated an 
offering of $1,856.86. Now when 
we remember that the church then 
was over one third as large as to- 
day, we maintain that the lack of 
funds for the establishing of church- 
es was not so much a lack of means 
but rather a lack of vision. When 
the vision is present the means is 
provided. Had the church in those 



days, and later, been really filled 
Mdth a vision of the possibilities of 
growth and progress an offering 
proprortionate with the membership 
of today would have been almost 
$10,000, instead of $1,600 in 1897, 
or $1,856.86 in 1899. Cut it down in 
harmony with the incomes of those 
days, but remember that a smaller 
offering would have reached furth- 
er then than a larger offering today. 
We still maintain that, had a vision 
and appreciation of the possibilities 
of church expansion been present a 
much larger offering might have 
been reported. 

With the zeal for preaching that 
was demonstrated in those early 
days, and with the great fields that 
beckoned for the gospel, only God 
knows how extensive the Brethren 
Church might have become today. 
But, with so few city churches to 
absorb the migration from the rural 
to urban centers, thousands of 
Brethren people were lost to the 
church. 

II. A lack of adequate theological 
training and equipment is partially 
responsible for the insignificant size 
and growth of the Brethren Church. 
At once we can see the indignation 
of some of our Brethren begin to 
project itself into the foreground. 
But, lest we be accused of that for 
which we are not guilty, let us say 
that we never have and never shall 
contend that a theological Seminary 
is the only place where theological 
training may be acquired. Some of 
the most successful pastors and 
Continued on page 25 



COPIES OF THE HERALD NEEDED 

The supply of copies of the March issue of the Herald was not 
great enough to meet the demand. If there are any extra copies 
in the hands of pastors or others, we will appreciate it greatly if 
you would send them to the office of the Council, Berne, Indiana. 
Postage will be cheerfully refunded. 



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I Our Unceasing Prayer'' Band | 

□□ "But vrayer ivas made without ceasing of the Church unto God" EE 

nn Acts 12:5. °° 

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□□ great for us. We have no hope at all of accomplishing what He has given Ea 

nn us to do, except through dependence upon Him in prayer. Let all faithful °R 

□□ pastors and class leaders remember these needs and present them for □□ 

gn prayers to your people. NEVER FORGET: OUR ONLY ADVANCES DD 

nn ARE MADE ON OUR KNEES! ^i^vAiNUi^b nn 

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nn :i 7 ' -v.u^nt u.at some aeimite settlement of the differences ^^ 

□□ that now exist within the Brethren Church must be brought about nn 

uu at or before the time of our approaching National Conference Hu- RR 

on man mmds and spirits break down before the demands of the situa- RR 

nn tion. Begin today to be one of many thousands who will be on their □□ 

uu . knees daily imploring the intervention of Our Father God to the end "" 

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that the entire matter will be settled to His Glory, and the greater RR 

nn spreading of the gospel of Christ We dare not waste more time □□ 

□□ in such differences. We have a great work to do. We must be at it. nn 

\4\4 the time is short. nn 

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RR ""f r ^"^'^^"^- This must be had this spring. Part of this is prom- DC 

RR ised, but we are still far short. RR 

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□□ may be used of God to raise up scores of our young men and women □□ 

□y and guide them into definite service for Christ either at home or nn 

□n abroad. That also it may build up a large number of consecrated lay- RR 

nn men who will feel that their part is to vitalize their home churches RR 

□□ and stand by those who "leave all to follow Jesus." Pray for Brother nn 



Kenneth Ashman, National Superintendent, that he may have abun- 
dant wisdom and strength to accomplish God's will in this great field. 



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yy project. We do not want to go ahead of the Lord. gg 

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nn gmia. This IS a new city that is springing up around the enormous OD 

□□ silk industry in that state. A plant that will represent a twenty mil- nn 

□□ hon dollar mvestment when completed is now operating its first unit gR 

nn A city of ten thousand people will be built there. Already a sizeable 0° 

□□ city has been started. New homes by the hundred have been and are nn 

gg being built. Members of the Brethren Church in other places who E§ 

nn have been working in this silk industry are planning to move to this RR 

nn new center. The Home Missions Council has directed the Secretary nn 

gg to mvestigate the possibilities of this field in May. By all means pray nn 

nn that the leading of the Lord may be had in this matter RR 

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A CROSS 
Me NA TION 



with our Secretary 




A NEW Just as we go to 

BRETHREN press with this 
CHURCH April - May issue of 

IN MODESTO, the Brethren Her- 
CALIF. aid, we are in re- 

ceipt of a copy of 
the organization of the FIRST 
BRETHREN CHURCH, OF MO- 
Di^STO, CALIFORNIA! Brother 
Earl Studebaker who was previous- 
ly pastor of the Turlock Brethren 
Church, has moved to Modesto, and 
at much sacrifice and hard work, 
has gathered together a group of 
Brethren and others who desire to 
be Brethren. The work has grown 
to where the meetings can no longer 
be held in the homes. No adequate 
building is near at hand. Brother 
Studebaker asks if in some way we 
might be able to help them buy a 
tent for their meetings. A tent can 
be used there most of the year. They 
have an offer to buy a large tent 
that will meet their needs, for only 
$156.00. What finer thing could we 
do than to help our self-sacrificing 
Brother and his faithful group, to 
obtain this tent without delay. If 
156 folks would send $1.00 each, 
how quickly it would be done, and 
with no strain on anyone. But it 
would mean everything to the dear 
folks in Modesto ! Send any gifts to 
the Council, Berne, Ind. 



GOD It had been near- 

STIRS LISTIE ly seven years since 
AGAIN we had been at Lis- 

tie, Pennsylvania in 
a meeting. We had held two meet- 
ings in succession in 1931 and 1932 
at this place, but had not been there 
in the meantime. Each time we have 
been there God has been very grac- 
ious in visiting this people with a 
sweet and tender revival. This time 
was no exception. If anything, we 
feel that this meeting was perhaps 
the best of the three. We believe 
that God glorified His Son mightily 
in this campaign. So many homes 
were reached and family altars 
erected. Husbands and wives 
brought together at Calvary. Young 
men and women saved with genuine 
evidence. Members of the congrega- 
tion led to see and long for a richer 
life in Christ. Others moved to 
make wrongs right and to courag- 
eously correct failures in their lives. 
All this, added to the surging of 
crowded attendance and eager ex- 
pectation, served to make the Listie 
revival one of real and blessed priv- 
ilege. 

It was a real pleasure and privi- 
lege to work once more with Broth- 
er Walter No wag, the faithful pas- 
tor. This man of God who loves lost 
souls and is so self-effacing in his 



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life, is an inspiration to any evan- 
gelist. He was to me. Tlie way his 
people love him is enough to stir 
envy in the hearts of all. This pas- 
tor has been working at the Cam- 
■ bria Steel plant in Johnstown all 
week long and shepherding this Lis- 
tie congregation for fourteen years. 
The week after the meetings closed 
the people held a real reception for 
him and presented him with gifts 
and praise worthy of his many sac- 
rifices through these years. 

One of the most outstanding re- 
sults of these meetings was the 
number of young men and women 
who yielded their lives to Christ for 
His service whever He may lead. 
God has given this Listie pastor and 
congregation a tremendous oppor- 
tunity as well as responsibility in 
these young people. Tlie possibil- 
ities wrapped up in them is limit- 
less. It is to help and guide these 
young folks into life service that the 
Brethren Student Life Volunteer 
movement has been formed. In the 
past, the Brethren Church has lost 
untold growth and achievement for 
Christ through failing to preserve 
hundreds of her young people for 
definite sei'vice for Christ. We pray 
that the ends of the earth shall feel 
the impact of the influence of these 
young people for Christ. 

Our Listie Brethren Church is the 
strongest influence for Christ in 
that whole section. There is a great 
field there for expansion about the 
church. The people of the commun- 
ity hold high regard for the Breth- 
ren Faith, Greater things are ahead 
for the church. Since the meetings 
closed the pastor has seized his op- 
portunity to organize new and ad- 
ditional young people's groups, and 
also to start Sunday evening ser- 
vices for the congregation. This 
will be the greatest advantage to the 
whole work. It mer.ns a tremendous 
added burden to the pastor along 
with all that he carries in the way 
of work in the steel shops all week, 



but it is an indication of his devo- 
tion to the work and not to spai'e 
himself. There will be a way out. 
Grace will be supplied. 

Our home during the meetings, 
was with Brother and Sister Ira i 
Blough, to whom we could not ex- 
press sufficiently our appreciation 
for all their kindnesses to us while 
in their home. To the sweet time we 
had there, they added a gallon of 
new Maple syrup ! We shall not soon 
forget all these things. 



GOD AT From Listie, Penna., 

WORK IN we went to Altoona, 
ALTOONA where we opened our 
next meeting. This is 
the first time we have had the 
privilege of working with the Alto- 
ona people. Several years ago we 
spoke at a Sunday School Conven- 
tion there one afternoon but that 
was the extent of our previous asso- 
ciation. It had been our privilege to 
have a quartet from this church to 
sing for us at revival meetings that 
we had held in nearby places in 
other days. This church is peculiar- 
Ij^ blessed with talent for singing. 
We had special music each night of 
the services and many times it was 
from among the members of the 
choir. 

Brother Roy A. Glass, of Juniata, 
a suburb of Altoona, and where we 
have a church also, was song leader. 
It was a real treat to say the least 
to have the privilege of his inspir- 
ing ministry in song. He is not only 
a most capable leader of congrega- 
tional singing, and choir directing, 
but he is also possessed of a most 
remarkable voice. His solos and 
duets with Mrs. Glass and others, 
shall never be forgotten by those 
who heard. The Brethren Church 
has a coming evangelistic song dir- 
ector in Brother Glass that will have 
much to do with the winning of 
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A2)ril-May, 1939 



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Have We Come to This f 



This challenging bit of copy was used In preparing the Second Brethren 
Church, of Los Angeles, California, for their recent revival. The pastor, Paul R. 
Bauman, who is doing sucti a fine work in this field, leaves nothing undone to 
bring his churdh people to the highest point of evangelistic devotion. And how 
it does pay! — R. P. M. 



One of the most successful soul- 
winners the world has known in 
comparatively modern times was 
Dwight L. Moody. In his little book, 
"How to Pray", written by Dr. R. 
A. Torrey, the author brings his 
book to a close with the following 
paragraphs : — 

"Mr. Moody's wonderful work in 
England and Scotland and Ireland 
that aftei'wards spread to America 
had its origin on the manward side 
in prayer. Mr. Moody made little 
impression until men and women be- 
gan to cry to God. Indeed his going 
to England at all was in answer to 
the importunate cries to God of a 
bed-ridden saint. While the spirit 
of prayer continued the revival 
abode in strength, but in the course 
of time less and less was made of 
prayer and the work fell off very 
perceptibly in power. Doubtless one 
of the great secrets of the unsatis- 
factoriness and superficiality and 
unreality of many of our modem so- 
called revivals, is that more depend- 
ence is put upon man's machinery 
than upon God's power, sought and 
obtained by earnest, persistent, be- 
lieving prayer. We live in a day 
characterized by the multiplication 
of man's machinery and the diminu- 
tion of God's power. The great cry 
of our day is work, work, work, new 
organizations, new methods, new 
machinery; the great need of our 
day is prayer! It was a master 
stroke of the devil when he got the 
church so generally to lay aside this 
mighty weapon of prayer. The devil 
is perfectly willing that the church 
should multiply its organizations, 
and deftly contrive machinery for 



the conquest of the world for Christ 
if it will only give up praying. He 
laughs as he looks at the church to- 
day and says to himself: 

" 'You can have your Sunday 
Schools and your Young People's 
Societies, your Young Men's Chris- 
tian Associations and your Wo- 
men's Christian Temperance Un- 
ions, your Institutional Churches 
and your Industrial Schools, and 
your Boys' Brigades, your grand 
choirs and j^our fine organs, your 
brilliant preachers and your revival 
efforts too, if you don't bring the 
power of Almighty God into them 
by earnest, persistent, believing, 
mighty prayer!' 

"Prayer could work marvelous re- 
sults today as it ever could, if the 
church would only betake itself to 
it. 

"It is not necessary that the 
whole church get to praying to be- 
gin with. Great revivals always be- 
gin first in the hearts of a few men 
and women whom God arouses by 
His Spirit to believe in Him as a 
living God, as a God who answers 
prayer, and upon whose heart He 
lays a burden from which no rest 
can be found except in importunate 
crying into God." 

Now, let us return to our original 
question: "HAVE WE COME TO 
THIS?" Let us look for a moment 
at ourselves .... A highly organized 
Bible School, with seven or eight de- 
partments and twice as many Super- 
intendents; Five Christian Endea- 
vor Societies ; A Half Dozen or more 
Home Classes; Workers' Band; 
Men's & Boys' Brotherhood; Boys' 
Junior Brotherhood; Women's Mis- 



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sionary Society ; Sisterhood of Mary 
& Martha; A Vested Choir; A 
Transportation Committee ; A Music 
Committee; A Finance Committee; 
Etc. A splendid organization, and 
we mean that in every sense of the 
word ! We do not know one of these 
that we would want to see go out of 
existence. That is not the point. 
The question we are asking our- 
selves is this: With all these organ- 
izations, formed for the purpose of 
doing the Lord's work, and doing it 
most efficiently: How Many Souls 
Are Being- Saved? Is the number of 
souls that are finding Christ as Sav- 
ior comparable with the increase in 
our organization? IF SOULS ARE 
NOT BEING SAVED, THEN WHY 
ARE THEY NOT? 

Brethren, we believe if every one 
of us will face this question honest- 
ly before God, pastor and flock alike, 
we will be compelled to confess to 
the sin of prayerlessness. Your 
pastor wants to confess publicly 
that he has permitted many things 
to crowd out prayer. Should you do 
the same? What about your organ- 
ization in which you are especially 
interested? It was recently called 
to our attention that one of our or- 
ganizations, supposedly formed for 
the purpose of teaching God's chil- 
dren to pray, had not a single prayer 
in at least two of its meetings ! 
What about yours? Is there a bur- 
den or prayer for the lost there? 
May God grant that some of our or- 



ganizations may be turned into 
prayer meetings for the lost souls 
about us! Who Will Start The Re- 
vival Of Prayer In This Church? 



FROM THE UTTERMOST TO THE 
UTTERMOST 

Continued from page 10 

est. Oh that we could get all church 
members to become so engulfed, en- 
grossed, absoi"bed in soul winning 
that by the operation of the law of 
counter-interest they would forget 
their petty differences. God creates 
and imparts unto us a new nature to 
counteract the old nature. As the 
old nature is lost to the uttermost so 
the new nature is saved to the utter- 
most. 

Uttermost Victory 
Jesus Christ is also able to give 
the uttermost victory over those h?i- 
bits into which the old nature has 
led us. He gives uttermost victory 
over the drink habit. Either he will 
take away the thirst or give suffi- 
cient grace to completely overcome 
the thirst. He saves to the utter- 
most from the drug habit. Opiates, 
opium, morphine, marijuanna, to- 
bacco in all its forms, all forms of 
drugs which enslave the body, soul, 
and spirit, — He is able to save to 
the uttermost from them. He saves 
to the uttermost from passion. It is 
no harder for Him to give victory to 

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A New Day For 

Brethren Young People 

Kenneth Ashman, Conemaugh, Peiina. 

■ ' National Superintendent of Brethren Student Life Volunteers 



Many of you Brethren Young 
People have expressed your wilHng- 
ness and desire to be used of the 
Lord in His ministry of Salvation. 
But, many of you have been lost to 
the professions and vocations of the 
outside world because you have not 
received the needed encouragement 
to draw you into the 
ministerial and mis- 
sionary fields. The 
result has been a sur- 
prisingly low number 
of Brethren full time 
recruits, far inade- 
quate for the needs 
of our growing de- 
nomination. 

The Brethren Stu- 
dent Life Volunteers 
is a pi'ayerful en- 
deavor to answer the 
challenge created by 
this situation. This 
movement is commit- 
ted to the dedication 
of Brethren Young 
men and women to 
the ministry of 
Christ. Its purpose is 
to reclaim as many 
of you former volunteers as possible 
and to draw in as many more re- 
cruits as the Lord will provide. This 
is truly the dawning of a new day 
for Brethren young people. 

The purpose of our present writ- 
ing is to introduce you to the BSLV., 





Kennet Ashman 



and to acquaint you with its plans 
and personnel. 

This organization is sponsored by 
the Brethren Home Missions Coun- 
cil. The executive board of the 
Council has approved its instigation, 
its name, its purpose, its expendi- 
tures, and its personnel. The Nat- 
ional Superintend- 
ent is working under 
the direct supervis- 
ion of the Council 
through its Secre- 
tary. As the move- 
ment becomes more 
fully organized you 
will hear more of its 
activities through 
these columns and 
through the columns 
of its own bulletins. 

There is only one 
condition of member- 
ship. It is that your 
life has been given, 
and is being given, 
over to the Lord of 
Life in answer to the 
Divine call of His 
Holy Spirit. Only 
those who are willing 
to follow Him anywhere at anytime 
for service are desired as members. 
The ministry of the Word of God is 
a sacred and serious trust. God can 
use only submissive servants. We 
are endeavoring to draw out from 
among all our young people those 



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who have fully dedicated their lives 
to Him. 

At the present time we are inter- 
ested in perfecting- an organization. 
Several hundred letters have been 
forwarded to known volunteers. 
Similar letters will be sent to others 
as their names come to the Superin- 
tendent. The primary purpose of 
these letters is to enlist your inter- 
est in this new Brethren endeavor 
and to make known its plans and 
aims. 

A rally to be held at Winona at 
conference time of this year is be- 
ing planned already. This will be the 
first national gathering of the mem- 
bers of the BSLV. It will be an im- 
portant rally. You will want to be 
there to have a part in its doings. 
Annual rallies will be held in the fu- 
ture at Conference time. It is the 
aim of your leaders to make these 
rallies the highlights of your future 
conference experience. 

In due time the BSLV will become 
a permanent and integral part of 
Brethren denominational life. From 
its ranks will probably come the 
larger portion of future Brethren 
ministers and missionaries. It must 
be remembered that our Church 
needs consecrated laymen too. This 
movement will include those inter- 
ested in serving God in the home 
church. If the Holy Spirit has call- 
ed you, answer that call. Turn then 
to the BSLV for encouragement, 
help, and advice as you prepare for 
His greater service. 

Monthly bulletins containing 
news, devotional editorials, spirit- 
ual food, and Scriptural exposition 
will be forwarded to each member. 
Occasional letters from the Superin- 
tendent discussing personal, educa- 
tional, social, and spiritual problems 
will be written and sent to individual 
members as the need demands. This 
portion of the permanent work will 
eventually become its most impor- 
tant aspect. This movement is an 
endeavor to draw you into the min- 



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istry of Christ, to lead you through 
the years of preparation, and to see 
you established as an active worker 
in the "fields white unto the har- 
vest." We want to assist you in 
every manner possible. 

A troublesome problem for most 
young people is the choosing- of a 
place for further education after the 
completion of the high school cours- 
es. Already we have started a na- 
tion-wide investigation of institu- 
tions of higher education. When you 
are ready for Bible institute, college, 
or seminary, we will be in position 
to advise and help you in your 
choices. 

District rallies, pastoral contacts, 
and personal visitations of the Nat- 
ional Superintendent are other as- 
pects of the future plans. As a 
member of the BSLV you will re- 
ceive these benefits along with ex- 
cellent spiritual interest and leader- 
ship. God cannot help but bless and 
prosper an organization composed of 
His own workers and coming lead- 
ers. 

Now, your part in this movement 
is to contact the National Superin- 
tendent at once. If you have receiv- 
ed one of the letters mentioned 
above, follow its direction quickly. 
If you have not received such, send 
us a card and the same will be re- 
turned to you. Endeavor to interest 
your Pastor in this work. He will 
receive personal communication 
from the Superintendent. Your in- 
terest will help to arouse his. Re- 
member, this movement is prim- 
arily for Brethren young people but 
others will not be excluded. There 
will be no financial expectations 
from members of the BSLV. 

Formidable enemies of the faith 
of Jesus Christ have arisen on every 
hand. The blackness of the hour 
makes men shudder. Yet, it is all 
an open door of opportunity for the 
Spiritual Christian. We believe that 
the Brethren Church is another 
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JUNIATA, Pa. 

While a report of the work of 
Juniata has not been given for a 
long time, yet the Lord has been in 
our midst and working. Strange 
have been His dealings at times but 
yet we have trusted Him and He has 
lead us into places of refreshing and 
spiritual joy. We rejoice together 
in the wonderful way God has un- 
dertaken to mold a witness for Him- 
self in this community where the 
Gospel is needed so very much. 
Juniata is the same as every other 
place, still the testimony for the 
whole Gospel is needed as never be- 
fore. God has therefore blessed the 
preaching of the plain Gospel mes- 
sage to the extent that a real fol- 
lowing of people is being formed in 
this community. Our Sunday night 
audiences are constantly on the in- 
crease and it is a strange occurance 
when we do not have several strang- 
ers worshipping with us. 

The Lord has continued to permit 
us to continue the testimony of the 
Lord Jesus Christ by means of the 
Radio. Each Sunday night from 
6:30 P. M. to 7:00 P. M. we broad- 
cast a service of Gospel singing and 
preaching direct from our Church 
auditorium. Great blessing has 
come from this channel of witness- 
ing and the response from the peo- 
ple of Altoona and vicinity has been 
most gratifying. A recent series of 
msesages concerning the purpose 
and plan of God for the Jewish peo- 
ple and the current happenings in 
their midst, caused no little interest 
in the ranks of those who listen to 
our Radio service. A great many 



Jews were listening in Groups as we 
tried to picture for them God's plan 
for them in this age and the one to 
come. Also we are privileged to 
have a fifteen minute service on 
Wednesday night from 9:15 P. M. 
to 9:30 P. M. This too has been an 
encouraging source of blessing to 
many people. Our Radio work has 
been the means of establishing the 
Juniata Church as one that stands 
for the whole Gospel and whole 
heartedly in sympathy with giving 
Jesus Christ to this great city. 

Improvements have been made in 
our building gradually as the funds 
have been made available. Due to 
poor working conditions there was 
a long period of time when it was 
impossible to do anything with our 
unfinished basement. But now God 
has blessed us to the extent that two 
rest rooms have been plastered and 
made ready for the placing of 
plumbing fixtures. It is hoped that 
soon it will be possible to purchase 
and set these fixtures. The rest of 
the basement is awaiting the time 
when the cement floor can be laid 
and then class rooms made for our 
Sunday School. This will indicate 
that our needs still are many but the 
Lord is still able to do abundantly 
above all that we can ask or think 
and so we know that when we are 
ready spiritually to do bigger things 
for the Lord the equipment and fa- 
cilities will be forthcoming. 

Beginning on February thirteen- 
th and continuing through the twen- 
ty-sixth we were fortunate in hav- 
ing with us Brother Frank G. Cole- 
man Sr. of Hagerstown, Maryland, 



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for an Evangelistic service. This 
was our first opportunity of work- 
ing with this good Brother and it 
proved to be a most pleasant experi- 
ence. More convincing messages we 
have seldom heard and our servant 
labored long and hard to strengthen 
the saints of God and bring sinners 
to know Christ. The attendance 
throughout was very satisfactory 
and the interest was keen but the 
final results were not as large as 
had been anticipated. We leave this 
too in the hands of the Lord and 
know that the circumstances that 
prevailed in holding back those who 
should have taken their stand for 
Christ are all known to Him. We 
feel greatly enriched in soul because 
of the labors together with the 
Evangelist and pray that God will 
use him to His glory in the days that 
are to come. We were glad to know 
that the Brethren Church had an- 
other Evangelist of this capacity 
and praise God in the way he has 
been blessed. 

The Pastor and his wife have had 
special joy in working with the chil- 
dren and young people of this com- 
munity. We have had week day Bi- 
ble Classes for the children and a 
Friday night service for the Young 
People all of which has been most 
profitable. We have been led to 
realize that our hope, as the hope 
of every Church, lies in those who 
will be coming up through the de- 
partments of our Church and Sun- 
day School. 

The Juniata Brethren Church 
would be unthankful indeed were 
we not to take this opportunity of 
expressing our deep appreciation to 
the Home Mission Council and the 
Brethren Church at large for the 
fine support which we have receiv- 
ed here. It is our prayer that we 
shall . prove worthy of the confi- 
dence and gifts bestowed upon this 
Church. 



FROM THE UTTERMOST TO THE 
UTTERMOST 

Continued from page 20 

a harlot, a libertine, a slave to pas- 
sion than to any other lost soul. Yes, 
He can save to the uttermost from 
the habit of doubt. He is the dis- 
solver of doubts. Bring on all your 
habits of whatever kind or degree 
thev are and HE SAVES TO THE 
UTTERMOST. He has promised 
that "sin shall have no more domin- 
ion over you." We can be "more 
than conquerors" through Him, We 
can "do all things through Christ 
who strengtheneth us." Saved to the 
uttermost from all forms of sin. 
Conclusion 
Here then is the conclusion to the 
whole matter. By nature we are 
bound in absolute helplessness, 
crooked to the uttermost, lost to the 
last degree. Jesus Christ by His 
precious blood shed for the remis- 
sion of sin is able to save to the ut- 
termost. From the Ul TERMOST 
TO THE UTTERMOST! "God is no 
respector or persons," What He has 
done for others He can and will do 
for you, Jesus Christ is "able to 
save to the uttermost all them that 
come unto God by him, seeing that 
he ever liveth to make intercession 
for them." He is a living, interced- 
ing Savior. 
"Saved to the uttermost, I am the 

Lord's. 
Jesus, my Savior, salvation affords. 
Born of His Spirit, washed in His 

blood, 
This is my story. Glory to God!" 



WILL YOU PRAY FOR $5000 

Continued from page 12 

in a most excellent section where 
there are thousands of unchurched 
people. They have about $3000.00 
saved up in their building fund to- 
ward a building. That amount will 



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not be enough to start with. The 
plans they have are very modest — 
as modest as the ordinance will al- 
low, and will cost not less than 
$8000.00. This will give them a 
building in which to worship accept- 
ably. This leaves them with a need 
of a loan of $5000.00. If this loan 
can be made in a lump sum, the con- 
gregation will give a first mortgage 
on the whole property as security. 
Interest to run at five per cent. The 
plan will be to pay it all off in five 
years. The Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council will provide a guaran- 
tee agreement to assure the creditor 
that all payments on the loan will 
be made promptly. This will protect 
the loan in case any local economic 
situation should render the congre- 
gation unable to pay its interest at 
any specific time. In case the sum 
cannot be obtained in a lump sum, 
smaller amounts will be received. In 
that c?se, the Council will take a 
First Mortgage on the property and 
gives notes secured by the mortgage 
to the lenders. 

Cleveland is a great field for the 
gospel. We have a fine group of 
people already well organized and 
working together. They are a peo- 
ple who have been mighty loyal to 
all the interests at both Home and 
Foreign fields. Look up their record 
in the annual reports. There should 
have been a Brethren Church in 
Cleveland thirty years ago. We have 
lost hundreds of members of our 
church in that city simply because 
of the lack of having a church there. 
Now we have a real start. At this 
moment we must have financial aid 
or there will be serious loss to the 
entire work. 

The Brethren Home Missions 
Council has no accumulated funds 
with which to help Cleveland. Our 
only resource is to turn to the peo- 
ple of the Church who have funds 
out on interest. Will you let the 
Council have $5000.00 for this great 
work, and on this fine security? We 



already have the offer of $1000.00. 
We must have $4000.00 more as 
quickly as possible, if the lump sum 
cannot be gotten. 

WILL YOU PRAY FOR THIS 
FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS, 
NOW? 

R. Paul Miller. 



SOME REASONS WHY 

Continued from page 15 

leaders in the Brethren Church are 
not seminary trained. But, they 
have, in most cases, an adequate sub- 
stitute in the form of Bible School 
training, or, in a few instances, have 
been so persevering and studious 
that they have acquired an adequate 
equipment in their own study. 
These are the exception and not the 
rule. Admitting the exceptions, we 
still maintain that a lack of an ade- 
quate theological training has been 
a handicap to the ministry and laity 
within the Brethren church. We 
shall attempt to establish this al- 
legation in the following paragraphs. 
1. A lack of an adequate theologi- 
cal training and equipment has af- 
fected the ministry of the Brethren 
church adversely. For the almost 
half a century the only recognized 
educational institution of the Breth- 
ren church — Ashland College — 
was an Arts college, with the theo- 
logical department only a depart- 
ment, not a complete school in itself. 
When the present unhappy contro- 
versy in the Brethren church arose, 
many of us contended that the 
Brethren church had subscribed sev- 
eral hundred thousand dollars to- 
ward Ashland College for the pur- 
post of providing an adequate theo- 
logical education for her ministry. 
But we were reminded by the auth- 
orities of that institution that that 
was not true to fact, and that the 
college was an institution for train- 
ing in fine arts, etc., with the theo- 
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the school. This meant that the de- 
partment of theology for decade af- 
ter decade, officially, was only equal 
with the department of history, so- 
ciology, chemistry, physics, etc. 
Now, when we remember that theo- 
logy is the queen of the sciences, 
and that upon it depends the vital- 
ity and stability of the church, we 
again affirm that the lack of an ad- 
equate theological training and 
equipment is partially responsible 
for the insignificant size of the 
Brethren church. It was not until 
the graduate school or theology was 
established at Ashland College in 
1930 that the paramount importance 
of the best theological training pos- 
sible was recognized as being essen- 
tial to the progress and the vitality 
of the Church, 

Let it be understood by all that 
this article is not intended as an ad- 
verse criticism of the men in the 
ministry of the church either in 
days gone by, nor today. They, for 
the most part, did the best of which 
they were and are capable, with 
their educational background. But 
it is a self evident fact that four 
years spent in an institution, divid- 
ed between the study of English, 
history, sociology, chemistry, phy- 
sics, biology, mathematics, langu- 
age, psychology and theology, can- 
not equal four years spent in the 
study of the above sciences (exclud- 
ing theology) together with three 
more ye?.rs spent in a concentrated 
study of theology and its associated 
subjects. Again we admit the ex- 
ceptions among the ministers of the 
church, but must emphasize the ex- 
ception, in contradistinction from 
the rule. 

In the secular world today, the 
high school graduate has a much 
better opportunity to forge ahead 
toward success than the eighth 
grade graduate; the college gradu- 
ate has a much better opportunity 
to succeed than the high school 
graduate; and the man with his 



graduate work complete has a much 
better chance for success than the 
college graduate. Why should any 
one argue to the contrary in the 
realm of religion? 

Now, what has been the effcts of 
this failure to provide an adequate 
theological training among the min- 
istry of the Church? Among others 
let us suggest a few with which we 
are familiar. 

(1) Men have gone out into the 
ministry without a positive faith 
against which the adverse forces of 
the world could not prevail. We 
have in mind several students with 
whom we sat in classes day after 
day in school who wept as they saw 
their faith being swept away be- 
cause it was not anchored and 
grounded in the Word of God and 
Christ Jesus, the spearhead of that 
Word. We never witnessed that in 
the graduate school of theology. We 
know of many older ministers who 
went out into the field to serve the 
Lord, who tragically lacked a defin- 
ite, decisive, fundamental faith and 
a clearly defined doctrinal system so 
necessary to an aggressive program 
of evangelism and Bible teaching. 
This testimony they have made in 
our presence upon many occasions. 
To date we have the first Brethren 
minister to meet who had the ad- 
vantage of an adequate theological 
training who wept because of an un- 
stable, uncertain faith. 

(2) Because of this condition two 
results of paramount importance 
were produced. First, many men of 
brilliant possibilities have been lost 
to the Brethren church. Can any- 
one doubt that this loss has affect- 
ed the progress and growth of the 
church? Had these men been well 
grounded in the word of God and 
well trained theologically they 
might have been saved to the 
Church. At least none, graduating! 
from the Seminary since its incep- ' 
tion as a graduate school of Theo- 1 
logy, have left the Brethren minis 



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try. Secondly, men who remained in 
the Brethren ministry, in many in- 
stances, had to remould their theo- 
logical thinking and reestablish 
their faith before they could launch 
a constructive, decisive program in 
their pulpits. We make this state- 
ment upon the authority of many of 
our well-known ministers. This con- 
sumed, in many instances, many 
years of hesitation, uncertainty, and 
partially wasted effort. They have 
been preserved and saved to the 
Church by the grace of God in spite 
of and not because of their limited 
training. 

2. A lack of an adequate theolog- 
ical training and equipment has af- 
fected the laity of the Brethren 
church adversely. If the above par- 
agraph is true, it is not hard to un- 
derstand the effect of such facts up- 
on the laity. Before men can teach 
others and lead them into the great 
fundamental truths of the Christian 
faith they must know them them- 
selves. Before men can draw others 
to the church they must be able to 
present decisively and attractively 
the great doctrines of the Christian 
faith. This demands training, 
teaching, and much study. The laity 
reflects the teaching of the minis- 
try. The ingathering of souls is de- 
pendent upon the preaching of the 
Word of God with power, and that 
power is increased with adequate 
training. We recognize that the 
Holy Spirit empowers the soul-win- 
ner for his work, but we also believe 
that more power is present when the 
individual supplements that spirit- 
ual power with an effective theo- 
logical training. 

These foregoing facts and con- 
siderations we submit in a spirit of 
humility, believing that they repre- 
sent a few of the reasons why we 
are what we are today. None can 
view with more joy the great truths 
\vhich the Brethren church believes 
than do we. No church has more of 
the truth of God's Word than the 



Brethren. With this fine Biblical 
equipment we ought to be numbered 
among the Christian churches of 
note in American life, instead of be- 
ing so little known in so many cir- 
cles as we have been. May God give 
us grace to recognize our weakness- 
es and mistakes, and power to forge 
ahead into the great fields that 
await cultivation. 



GOD AT WORK IN ALTOONA 

Continued from page 18 
many souls to Christ. I hope to be 
able to use him in my evangelistic 
work more widely one of these days. 
Any pastor desiring to hold his own 
meeting, and yet needing a real and 
able song leader will make no mis- 
take in obtaining Brother Glass to 
do this work. He has been out with 
other evangelists quite a bit during 
the last two years, and the Brethren 
Church could well profit by using 
this servant of the Lord, He is an 
humble man with a smile that 
makes a whole audience feel good. 
Wise pastors will take note of this. 

The Altoona Church was greatly 
blessed during the meetings and it 
was a joy to see the Spirit of God 
working in hearts within and with- 
out the membership. The attend- 
ance at no time was poor, and most 
of the time it was excellent. The in- 
terest in the gospel was very grati- 
fying. There were delegations from 
Martinsburg, McKee, Leamersville, 
and Juniata. The pastors of these 
churches showed a very fine spirit 
of interest and co-operation in the 
meetings. 

The excellent results in decisions 
was not greater than the fine work 
accomplished among the young peo- 
ple. God is working among the 
young people today in a most re- 
markable way. One young man de- 
finitely and publicly dedicated him- 
self to the gospel ministry one Fri- 
day night. With him were many 
others yielding their lives to Christ. 
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FINANCIAL REPORT 

(Continued) 
All sums are for general fund except those marked as followed: (F. Walter) 
Walter; (F. W.) Fort Wayne, Ind.; (E) Evangelism; (Com) Compton; 
(Cambria) Cambria, Ind.; (CI) Cleveland. 



Fred 



1st Brethren Church, 
Cleveland, Ohio 



Mr. & Mrs. Earle Peer 


15.00 


Mr. & Mrs. J. D. Edwards 


10.00 


Mr. & Mrs. Geo. Peer 


10.00 


C. A. Hultgren 


5.00 


Mr. & Mrs. L. S. Berkebile 


5.00 


Miss Marv Nagel 


5.00 


Mr. & Mrs. J. C. Burdge 


5.00 


Mr. & Mrs. H. C. Such & family 


5.00 


Rev. & Mrs. Tom Hammers 


15.00 


Bible School 


13.27 


Young People's Class 


10.00 


W. M. S. 


8.55 


Miscellaneous 


14.45 


Miss Jean Miller 


5.00 


Miss Marjorie Miller 


5.00 


Eddie Miller 


5.00 


Phyllis Miller 


5.00 


Suzanna Miller 


5.00 


Mr. & Mrs. Foye B. Miller 


50.00 


Total 


196.27 


1st Brethren Church, 




Philadelphia, Pa. 




Laura Balderston 


5.00 


Ida Banzhaf 


5.00 


Mrs. Clara Boardman 


5.00 


H. C. Cassel 


5.00 


David S. Craig 


5.00 


Mrs. Wm. J. Grace (F Walter) 


10.00 


Mrs. Ellen C. Greaves 


5.00 


Mrs Isabel Harkness 


5.00 


Mr. & Mrs. M. Hearn 


10.00 


Clara J. Hendley 


15.00 


Rev. A. V. Kimmell 


5.00 


Mr. & Mrs. B. M. Livezey 


5.00 


Mrs. Minna K. Loesch 


10.00 


Evelyn R. Loesch 


10.00 


Mrs. Edna Lovelidge 


5.00 


Mr. &" Mrs. R. J. McDowell 


5.00 


Mrs. Anna McKeefery 


5.00 


Miriam McKeefery 


5.00 


Dorothy M. Malick 


10.00 


Ida Marsden 


5.00 


Mrs. Susan I. Maust (E) 


5.00 


Mrs. Mary Mills 


5.00 


Mrs. F. Pritchard 


5.00 


Mrs. Sallie Roberts 


5.00 


Ashton Schwartz 


5.00 


Mr. & Mrs. C. H. Seitz (F.W.) 


5.00 


Pauline V. Seitz 


5.00 


W. M. S. (F. Walter) 


25.00 


Senior C. E. Society 


10.00 


Junior C. E. and Signal Lights 


5.00 


Primary Dept. S. S. 


5.00 


Loyal Workers Class 


10.25 


Philathea Class 


8.00 



Berean Class 

Berean Class (F. Walter) 

Miscellaneous Church and S.S. 

Mr. & Mrs. J. E. Crill 

Miscellaneous 

Total 
Mrs. E'.hel Beigle, 

Newry, Pa. 
Bethel Brethren Church, 

Berne, Indiana (additional) 

Congregation (Cambiia) 

Mr. & Mrs. George Sipe 

Total additional 
Mt. View Brethren Church, 
Hollins, Va. 

Rev. & Mrs. J. E. Patterson 

Mrs. Lynn McCuthcheon 

Mr. & Mrs. J. L. Richardson 

Mr. & Mrs. S. C. Cuddy 

Women's Missionary Society 

Other Cash offerings 

Gifts less than $5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. J. W. Michael 

Miss Ruth Ninninger 

Mr. & Mrs. C. M. Ninninger 

Total 1 

Bethel Brethren Church, 

Berne, Indiana (Additional) 

Congregation (Cambria) 
First Brethren Church, 

Altoona, Pa. (Additional) 

Mrs. Saville Deaner, 
Schellsburg, Pa. 
1st Brethren Church, 
Compton, Calif. 

Mrs. Voorhies and Rose 
Mr. & Mrs. C. L. Brisby 
Mr. & Mrs. H. L. Skinner (Com) 

(Gen) 
Charles E. Smith 
Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Sowersby 
Mr. Dick Sypher 
Mr. & Mrs. O. L. Conaway 
Mr. & Mrs. Grant McDonald 
Gifts less than $5.00 



Total 

1st Brethren Church, 
Whittier, Calif. 

Congregation 

2nd Brethren Church, 
Long Beach, Calif. 

Congregation 



April-May, 1939 29 

1st Brethren Church, Rev. Henry G. Eempel 10.00 

Danville, Ohio Wilma and Nellie Magers 5.00 

L. A. Wolford and family (CI) 5.00 Miscellaneous 2 10 

Mrs. Mollie Sherman 5.00 Miscellaneous ^.lU 

Mrs. Hugh Banbury 5.00 Miscellaneous (CI) 6.67 

Mr. & Mrs. Ross Magers 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Ray Conrad 5.00 Total 48.77 

REPORT OF 

THANKSGIVING OFFERING 

1938 — 1939 

OHIO DISTRICT. Offering 

Ankenytown $ 74.00 

Ashland, West Tenth Street Brethren Church 175.64 

Canton 426.18 

Clavton 81.28 

Cleveland 196.27 

Dayton 908.00 

Danville 48.77 

Ellet 523.52 

Fair Haven, West Salem 93.00 

Fremont 68.15 

Gratis 10.00 

Louisville 1.00 

Rittman, Ohio 302.50 

Sterling 153.00 

West Homer, Homerville . . .* 210.00 

North Georgetown 7.00 

West Alexandria 5.00 

Isolated Members 7.00 

Total $3,290.31 

INDIANA DISTRICT. 

Bethel Brethren, Berne, Ind $550.00 

Cambria, Frankfort, Ind 5.56 

Center Chapel 7.40 

Clav Citv 35.37 

Flora 219.83 

Fort Wayne 444.45 

Goshen 22.00 

Huntington 5.00 

New Paris 25.00 

New Troy, Mich 11.00 

North Liberty 10.00 

Osceola 5-00 

Peru 30.00 

Roann 5.00 

South Bend 7.00 

Isolated members 47.00 

Total $1,429.61 



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PENNSYLVANIA DISTRICT 

Aleppo $ 64.13 

Allentown 125.00 

Altoona 116.73 

Calvary, N. J 10.50 

Conemaugh 366.72 

Grafton, W. Va 15.00 

1st Bre. Johnstown 434.26 

Juniata 69.52 

Listie 63.47 

Martinsburg 187.38 

McKee 44.39 

Meyersdale 155.41 

Pike Brethren, Mundy's Corner 321.79 

Philadelphia, 1st 261.83 

Philadelphia, 3rd 331.00 

Summitt Mills 33.00 

Uniontown 413.58 

Waynesboro 291.25 

West Kittanning 48.00 

Isolated members 52.00 

Total $3,404.96 

SOUTHEAST DISTRICT 

Baltimore, Md $ 25.00 

Buena Vista, Va 50.00 

Hagerstown 15.00 

Mt. View, Hollins, Va 146.00 

Red Hill, Boone Mill, Va 13.15 

Roanoke, Va 548.84 

Vernon Chapel, Limestone, Tenn 95.00 

Washington, D. C 680.50 

Winchester 203.00 

Isolated Members 11.00 

Total $1,787.49 

ILLIOKOTA DISTRICT 

Dallas Center, Iowa $ 80.12 

Des Moines, Iowa 45.00 

Garwin, Iowa 64.60 

Lanark, 111 22.00 

Leon, Iowa 20.38 

Milledgeville, 111 35.00 

Waterloo, Iowa 139.00 

Williamsburg, Iowa 33.68 

Isolated members 18.00 

Total $457.78 

MID-WEST DISTRICT 

Beaver City, Nebr $ 55.00 

Falls City, Nebr '. 10.00 



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McLouth, Kans 5.00 

Morrill, Kans 5.00 

Portis, Kans 34.50 

Isolated Members 7.00 

Total $116.50 

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DISTRICT 

Bellflower $126.32 

Compton 88.19 

Fillmore 72.21 

Glendale 272.76 

La Verne 351.06 

Long Beach, 1st 1,600.00 

Long Beach, 2nd 101.30 

Los Angeles, 1st 589.37 

Los Angeles, 2nd 917.21 

San Diego 155.88 

South Gate 155.69 

Whittier 545.07 

Isolated Members 5.00 

Total $4,980.06 

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA DISTRICT 

Modesto $ 48.85 

Tracy 135.40 

Turlock 45.00 

Isolated Members 65.00 

Total $294.25 

NORTHWEST DISTRICT 

Harrah, Wash $ 19.24 

Spokane, Wash 85.28 

Sunnyside, Wash 136.85 



Total 241.37 

Miscellaneous, Isolated Members 26.00 

GRAND TOTAL $16,028.33 

THE OBSER VER 

Continued from page 8 

knows that "The Lord shall roar out of Zion, and utter His voice from 
Jerusalem; and the Heavens and the earth shall shake: but the Lord v^ill 
be the hope of his people, and the strength of the Children of Israel". V. 16. 
The Christian further knows, that before all these things come to pass 
fully, "The Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the 
^fo\Q,e of the Arch-angel, and the trump of God, and the dead in Christ shall 
rise first, and then we which are alive and shall remain shall be caught up 
together with them to meet the Lord in the air". I Thess. 4:16, 17. While 
the world prepares for Armageddon, the Christian prepares for the City of 
God. Amen ! 



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I in the | 

I Thanksgiving Offering | 

1 1. Long- Beach, Calif. 1st $1,600.00 1 ; 

1 2. Los Angeles, Calif. 2nd 917.21 1 \ 

1 3. Dayton, Ohio 908.00 1 1 

1 4. Washington, D. C 680.50 1 : 

I 5. Los Angeles, CaHf . 1st 589.37 g ' 

^ 6. Berne, Indiana 550.00 ^ j 

g 7. Roanoke, Va 548.84 J \ 

1 8. Whittier, Cahf. . 545.07 1 \ 

I 9. Ellet, Ohio 523.52 J | 

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THE 

BRETHREN HERALD 

Official organ of 

THE BRETHREN HOME MISSIONS COUNCIL 



Volume 1 No. 5 

Entered as second-class matter February 9, 1939, at the post office at Ashland, Ohio, 

under the Act of March 3, 1879. 

i R. Paul Miller, editor 

Paul R. Bauman Roy A. Patterson 

associate editors 



WHY THE DOG BARKED! 

We read a story once of a dog. A passerby noticed that a boy 'had the dog hitched 
to a lawn mower to help mow the lawn. Every time someone would pass down the walk, 
the dog would bark till they were out of sight. When the gentleman who related the 
story came along, the dog stopped and began barking fiei'cely at him. The boy said, 
^'Don't pay any attention to him mister, he won't hurt you, he just barks for an excuse 
to keep from pulling this lawn mower." What a lot of people there are w'tio are like 
that dog. They don't want to get down and work at their job like they should, so they 
make a lot of noise barking at people around them who are busy at their task. How 
true this is in Christian work. Preachers who seem too spiritually inert to go out and 
win lost souls, and to spend long hours in the study in order to build up their churches, 
will spend endless time in t'lie effort to criticize and belittle the success of the man 
who does pay the price it takes. Before a preacher criticizes another's success, let 
him produce better results. I 



CONTENTS 

It Can't Happen Here 3 What Shall the Christian Do in 

The Observer 5 Case of War? 18 

We Are Humiliated 8 Ylrst Pride of Council 20 

The Simplicity of Salvation 9 -d ^.^^ o^ j ^- t -j. a^ , 4. o-. 

n,, «TT \ ■ -D •> T, 1 -,o Brethren Student Life Volunteers ... 21 

Our Unceasing Prayer Band 12 

Around the Council " Table 13 r)edication of Life for the Ministry . . 23 

Beautiful Bethany Camp at "Let George Do It" 25 

Winona Lake 16 Financial Report 26 






The Herald is published monthly at the office of The Brethren Publishing Co., 
324 Orange Street, Ashland, Ohio, by The Brethren Home Missions Council, 

Berne, Indiana. 

Subscription rate, fifty cents per year. Those who give five dollars or more 
per year to the work of the Brethren Home Missions Council will receive this 
magazine regularly. Fifty cents each is deducted from such gifts to defray 
cost of the magazine. Changes of address should be sent to our office thirty 
days before they are made to avoid loss of copies. | 



June, 1939 



IT CAN'T HAPPEN 
HERE — 

FwMh Coleman, Jr., Allentoivn, Penim. 



Not many months ago, Sinclair 
Lewis, whose writings many of us 
read with astonishment, wrote of an 
imaginary dictatorship in our land 
under the title, "It Can't Happen 
Here." The thesis of his book is the 
general opinion of the mass of our 
citizenry. But it does not fit the 
facts neither the facts of the pro- 
phetic Word, nor the facts of the 
contemporary history of "The Land 
of the Free and the Home of the 
Brave." 

Shortly after the publication of 
"It Can't Happen Here," there came 
to my desk a periodical, attractive- 
ly printed, published weekly in 
Asheville, N. C, by the Pelley Pub- 
lishers and edited by William Dud- 
ley Pelley. This periodical, "Liber- 
ation," is the official organ of the 
SILVERSHIRTS OF AMERICA. 
On the cover page in large type is 
the legend, "A MILLION SILVER- 
SHIRTS BY 1939." 

On pages 4 and 5 of this astound- 
ing publication appears in bold face 
tj^pe "Chief Pelley 's Silver Pro- 
gram." 14 proposals form his Fas- 
cist platform. Due to the limita- 
tions of space, only some of the 
more startling of these proposals 
can be given here. 

"I PROPOSE, from this date onward, 
to direct an aggressive campaign that 
shall arouse America's Gentile mass- 
es to a wholesale and drastic ousting 
of every radical-minded Jew from 
United States soil!" 

This is the first of several sim- 
ilar proposals and is the motif that 
runs through the whole of his pro- 
gram. Diatribe and invective 
against the Jew make up the great 
mass of material contained in "Lib- 




Frank Coleman, Jr. 

eration." May we point out that the 
record of the past reveals that dic- 
tatorship has invariably gone hand 
in hand with the castigation and op- 
pression of a minority group, and 
that the minority group is usually 
the Jew? The fourth proposal 
smacks of dictatorship in the ex- 
treme : 

"I PROPOSE to treat personally with 
John L. Lewis, Robert M. LaFollette, 
and Samuel Dickstein, as three treas- 
onable and surreptitious disrupters of 
a free Republic, to deal with them as 
common enemies of Constitutionalism, 
to arrest them as soon as possible 
with Silvershirt backing, and after 
presenting due evidence of their trait- 
orous activities to a Silrershirt jury, 
to confine them upon conviction in a 
Federal penitentiary for the remaind- 
er of their lives. / shall further ef- 
fect such legislative measures as may 



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automatically confin&'ioith them in 
the said penitentiaries whomsoever 
shall interest himself in their libera- 
tion, or tvork for their release upon 
an)/ jyj-emise." 

Mr. Lewis, your preachment is 
that "it can't happen here." But, 
Mr. Lewis it's happening here ! Oh, 
of course, the proposals of the am- 
azing Mr. Pelley have not yet be- 
come an actual accomplishment, 
BUT — with a million Silvershirts, 
his goal by the end of the past year, 
how long, Mr. Lewis, will it be be- 
fore these proposals become the law 
of the land? Before we discuss the 
spread of this American Fascist or- 
ganization, let's look at some more 
of Mr. Pelley's proposals. 

"I PROPOSE to declare it illegal for 
persons of Jewish extraction to own 
real property in any city but one in 
each state " 

Mr. Lewis, you believe that "it 
can't happen here." The Silver- 
shirts of America is BUT ONE OF 
EIGHT HUNDRED Anti-Semitic 
organizations that infest our land, 
according to a reliable fact-finding 
agency. 

Now, to my fellow-elders : exam- 
ine if you will, very carefully, the 
proposal that follows. Do you want 
financial security? Mr. Pelley would 
give it to you ; but there seems to 
be something in his other hand. 
Could it be that Mr. Pelley would 
control those agencies that now 
speak freely to the masses? Does it 
not smack to you of the suppression 
of free speech, once the sugar coat- 
ing is penetrated to its bitter core? 

I BRETHREN HOME MISSIONS COUNCIL 

X Berne, Indiana. 



"I PROPOSE to place all clergymen 
— of any denomination, including the 
Jewish — all editors and professional 
journalists, all radio directors, and 
all motion picture producers, upon a 
publically-paid salary according to 
their reasonable needs and talents, 
thereby emancipating (?) them from 
innocuous dependency on rapacious 
private interests, or racial, or politi- 
cal cliques, giving them full and free 
(?) license to pursue their callings 
and artistic inspirations in any field 
but that which ivorks toward the al- 
teration or subversion of constitution- 
al government (Mr. Pelley's govern- 
ment) or Christian ethical culture." 
You say that it can't happen 
here? Read this that follow^s and 
see what one man with the backing 
of a secret organization, and with 
the power of a widely circulated 
periodical, would do. 

"I PROPOSE to effect the fullest and 
friendliest understanding and inter- 
national relationships with all right- 
ist and anti-Communistic nations 
abroad — particularly Germany, Aus- 
tria, Italy, Spain and Japan." 
These selected proposals, together 
with those that make up the whole of 
Mr. Pelley's Silver Program, are 
brought to a close with this invita- 
tion : 

"I invite all fellow citizens of the 
Christian faith — both Protestant and 
Catholic — natural lovers of the sane, 
the beneficent, and the constructive, 
to join with me in promoting and 
bringing them to fact. I say unto 
citizens who believe in the tenets of 
the forefathers: "Let us gird up our 
loins and deliberately effect them. 
The Declaration of Independence 
avows to us the right." What have 
we restraining us but the propaganda 
(Continued on page 30) 



Enclosed please find S^ 



as a gift to the woi'k of 



the Council, in spreading the Gospel throughout America. 
Name address 



(Cut out and mail.) 



June, 1939 




STEALING The sad, but gripping stories that. crowd the records 

THEIR WAY todav of the way Jews are entering Palestine, are enough 
HOME to make stout hearts melt with pity. But they also cause 

the Bible believing Christian to rejoice as he sees the tul- 
fillment of the very thing that the Old Book has said for centuries would 
come to pass R. W. Peterson, Palestine Correspondent of the Associated 
Press, in a recent despatch gives a graphic pictui^ of the way Jfws are 
actually "stealing" their way into their home land. "Mystery ships , paint- 
ed black, with no name on the hull, with all lights out. and engines baiely 
moving, ply their way slowly to waters close to shore. At a given signal, 
scores of young men and women quietly slip into the cold waters of the 
Mediterranean Sea and swim for shore. At the same time, boats are let 
down from silent davits, and with older people and children and Personal 
belongings, start shoreward. This is illegal entrance into the land. That 
matters little, to them, they are going home The swimmers hastily d^ess 
on the beach, and join the refugees from the boats. They watch the dim 
outline of the great ship disappear into the darkness at sea. The die is 
cast. No turning back now. A baby cries. It is hushed Then the refu- 
gees, strangers to each other, having come from i^^ny different lands leav- 
ing all behind them but a name, silently move axyay into the night to Imd 
thi nearest Jewish settlement. If they succeed, they will soon be absorbed 
into the Jewish population of the land. If they are caught, it may mean 
imprisonment or deportation. 



SEVENTY FIVE Most of these illegal refugees come from Greek 

DOLLARS PER ports. Endless difficulties have met them at every 
HEAD turn as th'ey have drifted from one land to another 

with the aim of finally reaching a Greek port from 
which shipping may be taken for Palestine Seventy-five dollars per pas- 
senger is the general cost of this last penlous, though fl]\^]}^:^\Sll 
who have been able to preserve that much money ou of «^at ^^hlch the> 
have not been robbed of, are fortunate indeed. The perils and dangeis ahead 
hold little dread for the Jewish hearts. The hardships and suffering that 
they have been going through for years in European nations niake any 
other miseries to seem as nothing. Once their feet are ^^^^d on th soil of 
their homeland, the struggle with the Arabs seems but a small thing attei 
what they have been through in Germany and Austria. 



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ANOTHER But these Orthodox Jews have an Old Book, and they still 

PICTURE believe it. It tells Jewish hearts : 

"If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written 
in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, THE LORD 
THY GOD,. . . .it shall come to pass, that as the Lord rejoiced over you to do 
you good and to multiply you, so the Lord will rejoice over you to destroy you, 
and to bring you to nought; and ye shall be plucked from off the land whither 
thou goest to possess it. And the Lord shall scatter thee among all people, 
from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve 
other gods which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and 
stone. And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole 
of the foot have rest, but the Lord shall give thee there a trembling heart, and 
failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind. And thy life shall hang in doubt before 
thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and thou shalt have no assurance of 
thy life. In the moining thou shalt say, "would God it were even"! and at 
even thou shalt say, "Would God it were morning"! for the fear of thine heart i 

wherewith thou shalt fear, and the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see." 

Deut. 28:58, 63-67. 
These Jewish hearts know that they and their fathers forsook the 
way of the Lord, and that these miseries have truly followed. They also 
know that this same Old Book tells them that the day is coming when The 
Lord will "Turn away ungodliness from Jacob," and that He has said, 
"I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have 
driven them and will bring them again to their folds, and they shall be 
fruitful and increase." Jer. 23:3. To view poor Israel today, 'driven in 
hate from other nations, only to face war, privation, and miseries at the 
hands of the Arabs in Palestine, seems like a long way from the day the 
Lord has promised when "The city shall be filled with little children play- 
ing in the streets," and when "None shall make you afraid." But comes 
the word, "I, the Lord, have spoken it." There is no hope for Jewish hearts 
today, but in Palestine. There they have the assurance of the promise of 
Jehovah. Outside the land they have nought but fear, and despair, and 
death. So, they are going back to their Homeland, and their God. Noth- 
ing else matters now. 

D R F The recent radio address of Adolf Hitler, the DRF, (Der 

AND Reich's Fuerher) of Germany, for which the world waited 
FDR breathlessly, was a severe castigation of FDR (Franklin D. 
Roosevelt) . In the address the Fuerher revealed a cutting sense 
of sarcasm and humor that was a surprise to many. In referring to the 
President's appeal to him for a guarantee of non-aggression against small- 
er nations in Europe, Mr. Hitler seems to object to Mr. Roosevelt's self- 
chosen role of settling Europe's affairs. Said he, 

"I have led Germany out of chaos and have increased production....! have 
done all this without bloodshed, Mr. President. .. .you and I, Mr. President, 
came to office at the same time, and you had resources at your disposal which 
excelled ours a hundred times. . . ./ am sure that you have found it so easy to 
solve all your problems that noiv you can turn to the world at large. I work 
on a smaller scale. I have to confine myself to the destinies of the nation of 
which I am the head." 

Mr. Hitler seemed to feel that the President should first demonstrate 
his fitness for settling world affairs far from home, by settling his own 



June, 1939 7 

stupendous internal problems within the nation of which the President 
is the head. Mr. Hitler further emphasizes his resentment at American 
intervention in German influence in Europe's affairs, when the United 
States dominates the entire South Ameiican Continent by the Monroe doc- 
trine. But the spirit of Dictatorship is abroad in the world, and the desire 
to force the views and ideals of one leader, or one nation, over the rest of 
the world is today rampant. It will finally bring about the great final 
FUERHER, Anti-Christ, who shall undertake to control all human rights, 
both political, economic, and religious. 

"Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is 
worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself 
that he is God.' (II Thess. 2:3). 

While the world is watching the development of its heroes and mighty 
men, the true Christian is also looking for a Mighty One! This Mighty 
One will not 'rise from the sea.' He will descend from Heaven with a 
shout, with the voice of the Arch-angel, and the trump of God" (I Thess. 
4:16). He will gather all his true and faithful ones, both living and dead, 
in His arms, and take them to where the Dictators of earth v.ill vent their 
wrath upon them no more. In that moment the true Christian will not re- 
gret the sneers he took, or the sacrifices he made for Jesus Christ! "It 
pays to serve Jesus, it pays every day ; it pays every step of the way." 

.;.,-.„-. -..— — ^,^„— ,^„-^ , , „«.. .^ , «.,.., 

! IF CHRIST IS EVERYTHING TO ME 1 

I I 

I If Jesus Christ is everything to me, I know He can be every- | 

I thing to any man, and because I know it, then wee is me if I will | 

I not do all that is in my power to let every man who does not = 

I know .Jesus Christ share Him with me. There is no escape from ! 

I this logic. If I love Jesus Christ, which means if I am loyal to \ 

I Him, which means if I keep His Commandments, I am in touch | 

I with everybody to the ends of the earth who needs him and I } 

i cannot wash my hands and say that you must excuse me from | 

I this matter. — Malthie B, Babcock. I 



LICENSE The amazing freedom with which some people will criti- 

TO cize a thing on the mere basis of some hearsay they have 

SIN picked up is certainly remarkable. The bold condemnation 

of certain doctrines of faith, with little or no knowledge of 
what those doctrines really mean, is quite prevalent today. In talking with 
a preacher some time ago, he quite suddenly, out of a clear sky, condemned 
the doctrine of the security of the believer. The subject had not so much 
as been remotely mentioned till 'his outburst. We asked him why he con- 
demned it so. He replied that it was a dangerous doctrine; that it gave 
license to people to sin by telling them that all they needed to do was to 
shake a preacher's hand and then they could go out and commit murder 
and live in immorality and still go to heaven anyway. I told him I was 
surprised to learn that such was being preached by anybody and asked 
who he had heard preaching such things. He couldn't tell me any certain 
preacher, but said there were lots of them. I asked him where he had ever 

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are 

MILIATED 




^ In our last issue of the Herald we made a two page special in be- = 
~ half of a loan for the Cleveland mission church. Since the Council = 
~ has not yet been able to accumulate funds for such purposes, the = 
s= Executive Committee decided at once to make an appeal to the ~ 
~ readers of the Herald. The feeling was that the $5210.00 needed = 
= would be on hand almost before we could use it! Backed by the = 
= security of a gilt edged first mortgage on the property, and the = 
^ guarantee of the Home Missions Council, and offering 5% interest = 
= payable in anv manner desired, it seemed as though an announce- ~ 
= ment would be all that was necessary. BUT IT WASNT. One = 
™ brother, a m^ember of our Council, at once offered us $1000.00. A = 
= loyal sister in Ohio offered us another $1000.00. Another sister in = 
= Tennessee offered us $200.00. There the offers stopped. = 

= We confess, we are stumped. We just don't understand it. We = 

= know a hundred people personally ; people who are back of the = 

= Home ]\Iissions Council, and who are deeply interested in the new ^ 

= Cleveland work, and any one of these folks could have added = 

= $1000.00 to make up this loan. A few could have sent the whole ^ 

= amount. Just why things have stopped where they are is the = 

= question. What has been sent in is not enough to start with. ~ 

= As we look back now to the day we made the fh'st appeal, and = 

= recall of how we were actually considering what we would do with = 

= the 'over-subscription', we confess that we sort of blush with embar- = 

= rassment ! We just can't believe that this is the real answer of our = 

= people to this need and opportunity. Frankly, we feel that it is = 

= simply the result of man}' folks thinking that everyone else would = 

^E do it, so they themselves would not bother. Now what does this = 

= situation say to j-ou? If you have funds on interest, you cannot put = 

= them to better security, better interest \yith safety, and certainly ^ 

= not to better service than to the work of the Lord! We are still ^ 

= praying daily for the rest of this amount. Who will "Come up to ^ 

= the help of the Lord against the mighty"? ^ 

= In July we hope to announce the VICTORY that YOU have help- ^ 
= ed to bring in. . ■ =^ 



June, 1939 



The 

Simplicity of Salvation 

Russell D. Barnard, Dayton, Ohio 



"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, 
and thou shalt be saved." Acts 16 : 
31. 

'WHY IS THE DEVIL like a 
pawnbroker?" was the question 
which a lady from the west of Eng- 
land read from her cracker at a tea 
party. That such should be asked in 
a jest surprised her and her friends. 
But the answer startled and arous- 
ed them. "Because he 
claims all the unre- 
demmed," was the an- 
swer. 

'7 AM A SINNER" 
is the shocking fact that 
must control me before 
I will ever want to be 
saved. I am unredeem- 
ed, but redeemable. The 
Bible very clearly pre- 
sents man as a sinner. 
The first three chap- 
ters of the book of 
Romans is a court scene 
in which the "down- 
and-out" sinner is led 
before the bar of God; 
then the respectable or 
"up - and - out" sinner; 
then the religious or 
"proud-and-out" sinner. And we are 
all in one of these classes. The con- 
clusion is given without varnish or 
apology in Romans 3:9ff. "Thev 
are all under sin — there is none 
righteous, no, not one — their throat 
is an open sepulchre; with their 
tongues they have used deceit ; And 
the way of peace have they not 
known: there is no fear of God be- 
fore their eyes." And, lest you 
should say, "That doesn't mean me ! 
I don't do those things," verse 23 




R. D. Barnard 



completes the Judge's pronounce- personal guilt. 



ment, "For all have sinned and come 
short of the glory of God." 

We do not go to the physician un- 
til we are ill. Far more is it true 
that we will not turn to the Savior 
until we are conscious that we are 
sinners. 

'7 AM PERSONALLY GUILTY" 
How does this differ from saying, 
"I am a sinner?" Just in this. I may 
break many traffic 
laws, even brag about 
it. But when I have 
been arrested and 
brought before the 
judge when the evi- 
dence has been present- 
ed by those who saw 
my violation; then, I 
realize personal guilt. 
There is a great differ- 
ence between saying, 
"All men are sinners," 
and saying, "I am per- 
sonally guilty before 
God." David would 
have agreed that all 
men are sinners, he 
would have even con- 
fessed himself a sinner, 
and realized very little 
stirring of soul about it. But after 
his sin which he believed so well 
covered that none knew, and Na- 
than revealed it to him in the paral- 
izing words, "Thou are the man" — 
then David knew personal guilt. 

You and I are personally guilty 
before God. It would only take a 
projection on a screen of our 
thoughts for a day, an hour, prob- 
ably even a moment, especially if 
that moment were chosen at ran- 
dom, to convict each one of us of 



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A GUILTY SINNER'S PENALTY 
IS DEATH 
"The soul that sinneth, it shall 
die" is declared at least twice in the 
18th chapter of Ezekiel. "The wages 
of sin is death" is Paul's statement 
in Romans 6:23. "Thou shalt sure- 
ly die" was God's solemn warning 
which the woman knew so well that 
she could repeat it. Now death here 
mentioned must mean more than 
physical death. It probably meant 
physical death in that the seeds of 
physical death were planted when 
man sinned. But the meaning is far 
deeper than that. Death in its pri- 
mary meaning is 
"separation." Phy- 
sical death is sep- 
aration of soul and 
body. Spiritual 
death is separation 
of the spirit of 
man from God. 
Man refuses God's 
fellowship, will 
not accept God's 
provision for es- 
tablishing and 
maintaining fel- 
lowship. Hence 
spiritual death is 
the result. You are 
alive and enjoying 
life. Are you sure? 
Paul says of those 
who are in their 
natural estate, without any work- 
ing of God accepted in their hearts, 
that they are "dead in trespasses 
and sins." That they are "without 
Christ, being aliens from the com- 
monwealth of Israel, and strangers 
from the covenants of promise, hav- 
in no hope, and without God in the 
world" (See Ephesians, Chapter 2). 
An earthly judge may suspend a 
sentence. When he does he moves 
from absolute justice just that far. 
God can and never will suspend a 
sentence of death from a guilty sin- 
ner. There must be a death for ev- 
ery guilty sinner. In the words of 



r " — --- — -^ — -, 

Take Heart, Ye Saints 

"Evil 7nen and seducers shall 
wax worse and worse, deceiving, 
and being deceived.'" 

—II Tim. 3:13. 
"Earth's groans and cries 

all speak a hast'ning climax 
Dictators rise, and rule 

with iron hand ! 
Distress, unrest, and fear 

possess the nations: 
Bold lawlessness strides on 

in every land. 
Take heart, ye saints! Refuse 

to be discouraged ! 
The Savior cometh! yes, 

may come to-day! 
The glorious COMING— f/zat is 

what we look for! 
Rejoice! Be glad! Wait! Work! 

And watch! And pray!" 

— J. Danson Smith. 



Nicodemus, "How can these things 
be?" Well, "With men this is im- 
possible ; but with God all things are 
possible." Let us see God's plan. But 
first : 

'7 CAN NOT SAVE MYSELF" 
Salvation is "not by works of 
righteousness which we have done." 
but, it is "according to his mercy he 
saved us" (Titus 3:5) and it is "not 
of yourselves" and "not of works 
lest any man should boast" (Ephes- 
ians 2:8-9). Ho vv^ many sins do I 
need commit before I am a sinner? 
Well, "I am not a sinner because I 
sin, but I sin because I am a sinner." 
So said Dr. Kel- 
ford in our Bible 
Conference recent- 
ly. Now, when I 
am a sinner, what 
could I do that 
would forgive my 
own sin? If I 
should commit on- 
ly one sin in a life- 
time, and such 
freedom from sin 
is not possible. But 
if one should be 
my limit, how 
many good deeds 
would it take to 
forgive that one 
sin ? Well, you 
must see as I do, 
that all the good deeds in all my 
life; if it were filled with them from 
daylight to darkness could never 
forgive one single little sin. God 
does not forgive sin, he only for- 
gives the sinner. But he can not 
forgive the sinner until the full 
price and penalty from the sin has 
been paid. His justice will not per- 
mit Him to do it. Again, we say, 
"What is God's Plan," for man has 
none. 

GOD SAW MY NEED 
He has ever been interested in 
man's sad plight. It was certainly 
a heart of love that called, "Where 



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art thou, Adam," after the first 
man had sinned. Sinners have re- 
belled, denied, neglected, ignored, 
hated, blasphemed God, but he has 
never forsaken mankind. "God so 
loved the world" (John 3:16) was 
the reason Jesus came to the world. 
God knew my sad plight, yet he 
would experience it. Jesus, there- 
fore, came to the world that He 
might be "in all points tempted like 
as we, yet without sin" (Heb. 4:15). 
In Mark chapter 6 a very beautiful 
thing is said about Jesus, which I 
believe expresses God's interest in 
lost and blinded mankind. The dis- 
ciples were in the sea, the boat was 
about to sink, they were fatigued 
from much rowing, the wind was 
contrary and the waves beat high. 
The Master was in the hills. He was 
there praying, but he had not for- 
gotten the poor harassed disciples. 
It says "He saw them," then, "He 
cometh unto them," and finally "He 
said unto them." Such is a picture 
of the interest and love of God for 
every lost man. 

GOD GAVE HIS SON 
He gave His only begotten and 
beloved Son. Why? That we should 
not perish, but have everlasting life. 
Salvation didn't start with a guilty 
sinner yearning for it, but with a 
loving God seeking and wooing the 
lost. The plan of salvation is not 
my plan, it's God's plan. He con- 
ceived it and He executed it. A plan 
that I would make would not be 
worth trying. People even doubt my 
plans in things that have to do with 
daily work, who would be willing to 
trust a human, man-made plan con- 
cerning things that are eternal? 

God's Son is my sin-bearer. A few 
; moments ago I said, "There must be 
j a death for every guilty sinner." 
[ Now we are ready to speak about 
that death. "Christ died for the un- 
godly (Romans 5:6) "Who his own 
self bare our sins in his own body 
on the tree" (I Peter 2:24). "For 



he hath made him to be sin for us, 
who knew no sin ; that we might be 
the righteousness of God in him" 
(2 Cor. 5:21). "Christ hath re- 
deemed us from the curse of the 
law, being made a curse for us — 
that we might receive the promise 
of the Spirit through faith" (Gal. 
3:13-14). There must be a death; 
either I die, in that I must be etern- 
ally separated from God, or I die in 
Christ. Then His death stands "In 
stead of" mine. Praise God for such 
a Savior. 

/ RECEIVE BY BELIEVING 

I couldn't buy such a Savior. I 
have no coinage of heavenly char- 
acter. I could not beg such a Savior. 
If such were the way of receiving 
Him, it would indicate an unwilling 
Savior who needed to be coaxed. 
Such is not my Savior. If I am ever 
to receive Christ, I must receive 
Him as a gift, and His eternal life 
as a gift. "But as many as received 
him, to them gave he power to be- 
come the sons of God, even to them 
that believe on his name" (John 1 : 
12). "He that believeth on the Son 
hath everlasting life and he that be- 
lieveth not the Son shall not see life, 
but the wrath of God abideth on 
him" (John 3:36). "He that hear- 
eth my word, and believeth on him 
that sent me, hath everlasting life, 
and shall not come into condemna- 
tion ; but is passed from death unto 
life" (John 5:24). 

Of course believing is more than 
just giving mental assent to the fact 
that Jesus is the Son of God. The 
Word says that "the devils (dem- 
ons) also believe" (James 2:19), 
and their believing certainlv does 
not save them. The reason is that 
the demons know the fact that Je- 
sus is the Son of God. but they do 
not trust Him. Faith that is saving 
faith is knowing Jesus to be the Son 
of God, and personally receiving and 
trusting Him as the Savior. I may 

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Our Unceasing Prayer Band 

''But praijer teas made ivithout ceasing of the Church unto God" 

Acts 12:5. 

Our greatest work for God is not accomplished on our feet, but on our 
knees. That marvelous demonstration on Mt. Carmel the day Elijah ex- 
posed the Prophets of Baal, brought the fire down from heaven onto the 
altar, and turned a nation back to God, was not the i-esult of what he did 
that day on his feet. There were years of prayer that preceded that great 
event that day. For years the rocks and crags of Gilead rang out with 
the cry of the broken hearted shepherd as he pled for the salvation of his 
people. Even so today we will accomplish for God only to the extent that 
we prevail in prayer. Otherwise we are but beating the air. 

1. By all means continue unceasingly in prayer for the balance of the 
$5000.00 needed for starting the Cleveland mission building. Another 
thousand has been offered. We still need $3000.00 to start. These 
dear folks must have help now! 

2. The Secretary will be closing a tent campaign in Winchester, Vir- 
ginia, as you receive this magazine. Pray earnestly that the Spirit 
of God shall sweep through the last few services and bring a mul- 
titude to Christ. Brother Noiman Uphouse, the pastor, has been 
doing great work in Winchester, and there should be a large harvest 
of souls at this time. This is a great field for the whole gospel. 

3. The Executive Committee of the Home Missions Council is now pre- 
paring the Constitution and By-laws under which the Council will 
be operated. Pray that wisdom from above may be given that no 
mistakes be made in this most important document. 

4. There will be a real Victorious Life conference for Brethren young- 
people at Bethany Camp, Winona Lake, this year. The purpose of 
this gathering is to set before our young people the claims of Christ 
on their lives. The Brethren Student Life Volunteers is the first 
national movement among our young people to lead them out into 
definite Christian sei'\'ice. This first meeting is of tremendous im- 
portance to the whole movement. Pray daily for this conference 
while the plans and programs are being arranged, and for the young 
people, that hundreds of them will be enabled to attend. 

5. • Plans are now being drawn for the erection of a church building 

for our San Diego, California, mission. The need for wisdom, for 
. judgment, and for funds is great at such a time. Pray much for 
these faithful people and their pastor, Albert Flory. 



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REPORT FROM TRACY, CALIF. 

It was on Sunday, the 15th of 
January, this 5^ear, that the wri- 
ter arrived on the field at Tracy 
and gave his first messages to a 
well-filled church that was just ded- 
icated last July 24th. That first 
Sunday morning was a memorable 
occasion to us for several reasons. 
It meant that we had begun a work 
that the Lord had very definitely 
called us to in the midst of opposi- 
tion and human hindrances. Twice 
we had made preparations to leave 
the East where we were and twice 
the Lord temporarily^ allowed some 
obstacle to keep us from going. The 
third time, even as with Samuel of 
old, there was nothing that could 
stop the moving hand of the Lord 
and so we found ourselves on the 
way. 

That first Sunday morning meant 
a lot to all of us at Tracy because 
of the presence of several of our iso- 
lated members, among whom were 
Brother and Sister Rambo from San 
Jose. Sister Rambo sang a beauti- 
ful hymn for us and Brother Ralph 
Rambo spoke in behalf of Brethren 
Home Missions Council of which he 
is the Northern California repre- 
sentative. We are very thankful for 
this support from our faithful 
brethren, who are with us one hun- 
dred per cent. 

We have always believed in giv- 
ing credit where credit is due and 
thus we wish to make special men- 
tion of the splendid work that was 
accomplished by our Brother Earl 
Studebaker who was the acting pas- 
tor at Tracy for four months fol- 



lowing the labors of Brother George 
Richardson now at Glendale, Calif. 
Brother Studebaker and his faith- 
ful wife had kept the work going 
so well that a number of souls were 
brought to Christ and became mem- 
bers of the church hj baptism as 
the Brethren here in Tracy believe 
and practice, regardless of many 
rumors to the contrary. 

We have found the people here in 
the church a very hard working 
class of folks who are not wealthy 
but who love the Lord and who are 
ready to sacrifice. It has been by 
much sacrifice that the work here 
has been established and carried on. 
Our membership now includes 55 
precious souls, representing 20 dif- 
ferent families. The average Sun- 
day School attendance since we have 
been on the field is 75 per Sunday. 
The record attendance, reached 
twice in the past six months, stands 
at 95. And this certainly does tax 
the facilities of the present struc- 
ture. We are doing our best to push 
out the walls as soon as possible. 

The pastor and the congregation 
were spiritually refreshed by the 
spirit-filled ministry of Dr. J. C. 
Beal who was with us for a week's 
Bible Conference the first part of 
March. This was the first special 
series of meetings held in the new- 
ly dedicated church and it was the 
first Bible Conference in the his- 
tory of the church. The response 
was above the expectation of all. 
The average attendance equalled ex- 
actly our membership although it 
included the attendance of many 
who are not members of our church 



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but who regularly fellowship with 
us because the Brethren Church 
stands for the true and unadulter- 
ated Word of God. The closing Sun- 
day was a great day for Tracy First 
Brethren . In the morning following 
a heart-searching message by Dr. 
Beal, twenty-five people dedicated 
their lives to God for definite soul- 
winning. One fine young lady gave 
her heart to the Lord for the first 
time. We are praising the Lord and 
pressing on and on for more victor- 
ies. 

As we contemplate our Easter 



for the year, an additional $25 gift 
was received. Our goal for the 1939 
Easter Offering for Foreign Mis- 
sions is $200 which means an aver- 
age of about four dollars per mem- 
ber. Perhaps our aim is high, but 
that is our aim! 

The outlook for the future in 
Tracy is one of steady progress and 
growth. The town is a busy one, al- 
though it suffers, too, by the gen- 
eral "recession." The one encourag- 
ing note for the future of Tracy 
Brethren Church is the fact that 
there is no other fundamental testi- 







services we are planning to baptize 
three souls who have accepted 
Christ since beginning our ministry 
two and a half months ago, making 
a total of six new members since 
January fifteenth. There are yet 
three who are awaiting baptism at 
a later date. 

As a mission church should, we 
are strong believers in both Home 
Missions and Foreign Missions. Ov- 
er $135 was given this last year to 
the Home Missions Council to carry 
on its great work of planting new 
Brethren churches throughout 
America. Since the report closed 



mony in the town or vicinity, num- 
bering about 10,000 people. We have 
already begun to reap the reward 
of preaching the true Gospel of Je- 
sus Christ and standing for it in 
spite of the opposition of the world- 
ly elements. 

We are planning an early reduc- 
tion of our building debt to the low 
mark of $2,000. Our present evalu- 
ation on property and building is 
about $55000. We are praising the 
Lord for our present building and 
are asking Him for strength to car- 
ry on and make us a light-house for 
weary and sin-sick souls who are 



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15 



TedXly hungry for the saving mes- 
sage of salvation by the grace of 
our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Your Home Mission dollars that 
have made this work at Tracy pos- 
sible will continue to multiply in re- 
sults as we have the promise in 
God's Word : "But the word of God 
grew and multiplied" (Acts 12:24). 
"Known unto God are all His works 
from the beginning of the world." 
"And daily in the temple, and in 
every house, they ceased not to teach 
and preach Jesus Christ" (Acts 5: 
42). 

Robert E. Miller, pastor. 



T'WIXT THE MOUNTAINS AND 
THE SEA— COMPTON, CALIF. 

Greetings to all the Brethren in 
the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

It has been a long time since the 
Brotherhood has heard from this 
part of the Lord's vinej^ard. It has 
not been that we have not had any- 
thing to report nor that we have not 
been urged to write, but largely be- 
cause we have been busy and have 
neglected that which we can more 
readily postpone for a time. We al- 
waj^s enjoj^ reading of the successes 
in other fields and rejoice with them 
in their blessings. We have been on 
this field one year and a half, com- 
ing from the pastorate in Canton, 
Ohio, where we had labored for 
some time with those good people. 
It was our first trip to the West and 
naturally we looked forward with a 
great deal of anticipation to mak- 
ing that journey into new territory. 
The "Forty Niner's" had nothing on 
us, coming in covered wagons for 
we came in a "Covered Wagon" 
(trailer) too. We were about two 
weeks coming out, visiting interest- 
ing points along the way. We had a 
very enjoyable trip. 

We arrived in Compton on a Sat- 
urday afternoon and began our 
work in this pastorate the next day, 



October 2nd. It was the first an- 
niversary of the new church build- 
ing. 

We have been asked so many 
times through mail and personally 
about Compton, so it would not be 
out of the way to tell you a little 
about it. It is a city of about 20,000 
population and growing continuous- 
ly. Situated in the heart of one of 
the most rapidly growing areas in 
all of Southern California and is 
truly becoming a "hub city" in Los 
Angeles County. It is midway be- 
tween Los Angeles and Long Beach 
being only 10 miles distance from 
each. Thus it is strategically located 
from a residential and industrial 
standpoint. The mountains are on- 
ly two hours drive from here, and 
a twenty-five minute drive from the 
beaches. It possesses all the busi- 
ness facilities of the modern Ameri- 
can community, and has a school 
system second to none in the State. 
A Junior College v^-ith 3000 stud- 
ents, high schools and 10 elemen- 
tary schools. As to the religious side 
there are sixteen denominations lo- 
cated in the city with many budding 
Ism's of every description trying to 
get root and grow. 

We have a very beautiful church 
building. It is located in the North 
East part of the city about four 
blocks from the business district. 
Just to the north and east of us is 
the "Langer Park edition" wholly 
a residential district and building 
up rapidly, in fact the larger sec- 
tion was nearly built up solid this 
past year. These are practically all 
home owners. The church was built 
large and will meet the need of the 
congregation for some time to come. 
As we look out over the spacious 
auditorium we cannot help but 
breathe a prayer that the Lord will 
undertake for us and fill the build- 
ing with worshippers. We trust that 
as you read these lines, that you too, 

(Continued on page 28) 



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BEAUTIFUL BETHANY 
OBTAINED FOR 



ACTIVITIES FOR BRETHREN YOUTH DURINC 

SEPT. 3, WILL BE UNDER ' 

Bethany Camp provides room for 10 Jf girls in the main 
lodge — (12 girls to a room with one counselor). Five 
cabins will take care of 60 hoys and 5 counselors. New 
single beds and mattresses. Bring your own bedding 
and towels, or bedding may be rented for a small fee. 



WHAT'S THE COST? 

ROOM AND BOARD $6.50 for the week. (Monday 
Supper to Monday Breakfast) . That is if your pre- 
registration of $2.00 is in before July 15th. Balance 
of $4.50 on arrival. After July 15th, $7.00. Make 
reservations by jDre-registering NOW! First come, first 
served I 

Where else could you spend so little and have so 
much real Christian Brethren Fellowship? 

Don't forget! We have our own private bathing 
beach. So plan to bring your bathing suit. Tennis 
Racket, if you want to play tennis. There will be Vol- 
ley-ball, Shuffle Board, Croquet, Baseball and other 
games. If you want to fish, bring your fishing equip- 
ment, to get some of the fine Blue Gills and Bass. Boy, 
oh, BOY! I can hardly wait until August 28th myself! 

Then the fellowship with the Brethren Christian En- 
deavors and the newly organized Brethren Student 
Life Volunteers, Sisterhood of Mary and Martha, Boys' 
Brotherhood, as well as the seminary, Home Mission 



DAII 

6:00— 6:45— Revei 
7:00— 7:15— Mora 

Yo'jnj 
7:15—7:45 — Breal 
7:45—8:00— Room 
8:00— 9:00— Auxil 

ganizj 
9:00— 12:00— Nati 

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Camp 
1:15— 1:30— Quiet 
2:00— 3:00— Bible 

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3:00— 5:00— PlannI 
5 :30 — Supper, 
6:15— 7:00— Chrisi 
7:15— 9:00— Natioi 
9 :00— BETHANY 

SERV 



June, 1939 



17 



MP AT WINONA LAKE 
ETHREN YOUTH 

[ATIONAL BIBLE CONFERENCE, AUGUST 28 TO 
RECTION OF LEO POLMAN 

Winona Lake and especially Beautiful Bethany Camp, 
furnishes an ideal place for our young people who are 
lovers of outdoors. Coupled tvith the recreation program 
ivill of course be the inspirational Bible hours of spiritual 
refreshments. These will be never-to-be-forgotten 
mountain top experiences for our Youth! 



GRAM 

orning Dip. 

ti in charge of the 



Council meetings and other organizations, should be 
one of the mountain top experiences of National Con- 
ference for Brethren Youth! In other words, Bethany 
Camp will be "Tops" and the center of all Brethren 
Young People activities. 



ens of National Or- 

erence Business Ses- 

Dwship — Reading of 
d delivering mail. 
ti Counselors, 
of National Confer- 

ition and Swimming. 

ivor Vespers, 
rence Bible Messages 
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Director of Bethany Camp. 






The Brethren Herald 



What Shail the Christian 
Do in Case of 



WAR? 



Dr. J. C. Beal, Secretary of Publications 



"And ye shall hear of ivars ami rumors 
of tvars: see that ye be not troubled; for 
all these things must come to pass, but 
the end is not yet. For nation shall rise 
against nation, and kingdom against king- 
dom: and there shall be famines, and pes- 
tilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 
All these are the beginning of sorrows." 

(Matt. 24:6-8). 

"Proclaim i/e this among the Gentiles; 
prepare ivar, wake up the mighty men, 
let all the men of ivar drauj near; let 
them come up: beat ijour plowshares in- 
to swords, and ijour pruning hooks into 
spears: let the weak say, I am strong... 
Let the heathen be wakened, and come up 
to the valley of Jehosh.aphat: for I icill 
sit to judge the heathen round about .... 
Mrdtitudes, multitudes in the valley of de- 
cision The Lord also shall roar out of 

ZioTi; and fitter His voice from Jerusalem. 

but the Lord will be the hope of His 

people and the strength of the children of 
Israel."— Joel 3:9-16. 

From the foregoing passages, it is 
clearly seen that we have no reason 
to expect the realization of the 
dream of universal peace in this 
age. Bad as war is, the Lord stated 
one characteristic of this present 
age is "wars and rumors of wars." 
The time for beating "swords into 
plowshares and spears into pruning 
hooks" is not now. We are now in 
the "Times of the Gentiles" — the 
period of Gentile rule, beginning 
with the reign of Nebuchadnezzar 
and ending with the Anti-christ. Je- 
sus said, Lk. 21:24, "and Jerusalem 
shall be trodden down of the Gen- 
tiles, until the times of the Gentiles 
be fulfilled." There is but one way 
by which nations can be controlled 
during the time of Gentile domin- 



ion — by force — and this means war. 
Never until the "Prince of Peace" 
comes, of whose reign Isaiah says, 
"Of the increase of His government 
and peace there shall be no end, up- 
on the throne of David, and upon 
his kingdom, to order it, and to es- 
tablish it with judgment and jus- 
tice from henceforth even forever." 
Isa. 9:7, shall this weary old world 
be free from war and its horrors. 
Since war is to be experienced and 
the Christian must make a decision, 
what shall his attitude be towards 
war ? 

This is a most serious question 
and should be prayerfully faced. 
Many Christians think of nothing 
but the demands the government 
under which they live makes on 
them. Loyalty to the government 
seems to be the only question con- 
sidered by many. They do not real- 
ize that they have an obligation 
which supersedes the obligation 
which they owe to the government 
under which they live. Quite recent- 
ly the writer was speaking with a 
gentleman as to what should be done 
by Christians in the event our coun- 
try gets into war. This man gave 
every evidence of being saved and 
having a real desire to please the 
Lord. Almost immediately he said, 
"I feel men should enlist if our 
country gets into war." One is com- 
pelled to respect a man for such loy- 
alty to the government under which 
he lives and his regard for a coun- 
try v/hich in the past has been able 



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to do more for its citizens than has 
been possible in other countries. 
However, there is another responsi- 
bility which rests upon one who is 
a child of God, an obligation that 
supersedes this obligation to one's 
country, no matter how well the 
government may treat its citizens, 
the obligation which he owes to the 
One who "loosed us from our sins 
in His own blood." No call of coun- 
try can nullify the 
obligation the saved 
individual owes the 
Lord. 

The Christian 
should not take the 
attitude of oppos- 
i n g his govern- 
ment's resorting to 
war as a means of 
defense or of polic- 
ing the world. 
There is no other 
method open to na- 
tions. Fine it would 
be if men and na- 
tions lived on so 
high a plane that 
the resort to force 
would never be nec- 
essary. This is too 
much to expect in 
this age despite the 
Utopian dreams of 
men. Power must be 
used in the management of our cit- 
ies and even in our villages and rur- 
al communities as well. This power 
is exerted through the police force 
of the cities and the various peace 
officers in the rural sections. The 
government has been quite consid- 
erate of the position of those Chris- 
tians who have conscientious con- 
victions relative to bearing arms in 
the service of the country. How- 
ever, nothing but defeat can come 
to the one who opposes the govern- 
ment's entrance into a war which 
its officials deem necessary to pre- 
serve its existence and to serve its 




best interests. The writer was in 
Los Angeles during the latter part of 
the World War. The members of the 
Brethren Church were not impris- 
oned because of their refusal to bear 
arms, but there was a certain group 
of people — then known as Russel- 
lites, now Jehovah Witnesses — who 
were herded into prisons in large 
numbers. These people had taken a 
stand in definite opposition to the 
government and did 
everything possible 
to nullify the work 
of theUnited States 
in the war they 
were waging for 
the purpose, as they 
then thought, "to 
make the world safe 
for democracy." 
There is a vast dif- 
ference between op- 
position to the coun- 
try itself going in- 
to war and the po- 
sition that it is 
wrong for Chris- 
tians to bear arms 
and take the lives of 
fellow beings. Our 
position in relation 
to the present world 
system is made 
c le a r by Jesus' 
,^ words at the time 
of His trial before Pilate. In answer 
to a statement by Pilate, Jesus said, 
"My kingdom is not of this world 
(world system) : if my kingdom 
were of this world, then would my 
servants fight, that I should not be 
delivered to the Jews : but now is 
my kingdom from hence." John 18 : 
36. This thought is further empha- 
sized by Jesus' statement in John 
15:19, where He says, "If ye were 
of the world (world system), the 
world would love his own: but be- 
cause ye are not of the world, but 
I have chosen you out of the world, 
therefore the world hateth you." 



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First Pride of Council 



Janet Carol, a sweet little miss, 
made her appearance verj^ prompt- 
ly at 10:20 P.M., the evening of 
April twelfth, at the home of Rev. 
and Mrs. Tom Hammers. This lit- 
tle lady has reversed all our friend- 
ly expectations, and started a real 
line of progress for the Council. 
She is our first Council baby! We 
wish to congratulate her and her 
proud mother and dad, and pray 
that she will be chosen of God to 
do great things for Him. We un- 
derstand that her father has learn- 
ed to hold her with much ease and 
grace, and is the envy of many 
young fathers in Cleveland! 
It is also reliably reported that the Rev. Hammers is determined to have 
a larger Sunday School in Cleveland. 




The present position of the saved 
individual is summed up in the 
statement, the Christian is in the 
world system but not of it. The 
Christian's position in this age is 
that of an ambassador. "Now then 
we are ambassadors for Christ," H 

Cor. 5:20. " For which I am 

an ambassador in bonds " Eph. 

6:20. Paul makes this plain in Phil. 
3:20, 21 where he says, "For our 
citizenship (colony) is in heaven. . 
.." (R.V.). Our position as am- 
bassadors needs be fully understood 
since this is so vital to the position 
we have a right to take and should 
take. Quite often it is claimed that 
those who are not willing to bear 
arms in defense of the country have 
no right to claim the protection of 
the country. The opposite is true 
and the acknowledgment of the jus- 
tice of our claim is made by our 
government in its treatment of the 
ambassadors in piir national capi- 



tal. This treatment is an acknowl- 
edgment on their part of the dif- 
ference between the citizen and the 
ambassador. The ambassador, while 
he neither pays tax nor is subject to 
the laws of our land, claims the pro- 
tection of our government and our 
government must give him protec- 
tion at whatever cost. The teaching 
of the Bible relative to ambassadors 
being fully understood, it becomes 
clear as to the attitude the Chris- 
tian should take relative to war. The 
government recognizes this truth 
and this is really the ground upon 
which exemptions were granted 
during the World War. Where 
Brethren Churches claimed exemp- 
tion on the clear teaching of the 
Word, but little difficulty was ex- 
perienced. 

It is argued that Paul in Rom. 
13:1 tells Christians to be subject 
unto the higher powers. This, of 

(Conihmed on page 27) 



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BRETHREN STUDENT LIFE 
VOLUNTEERS 

Kenneth B. Ashman, Superintendent, Conemaugh, Penna. 



PASTORAL HONOR ROLL FOR THE BSLV 



The folloiving Pastors have cooperated in sending prospective recruits to the 

Superintendent . _■■... 



E. W. Reed 
Russel L. Williams 
Norman H. Uphouse 
Homer A, Kent 
Leo Polman 
R. Paul Miller 
Ernest Pine 
Everett Niswonger 
Alan S. Pearce 
L. S. Bauman 
Arnold Kriegbaum 
William H. Clough 



R. E. Gingrich 
H. S. Parks 
Paul Davis 
Frank Coleman, Jr, 
Wm. H. Shaffer 
Geo. E. Cone 
H. W. Nowag 
C. H. Ashman 
A. L. Lynn 
Arthur Malles 
Herman Hoj^t 
James S. Cook 



MEMBERSHIP ROLL TO DATE 

The folloU'ing noting people have sent return information to the Superintendent and 
are now enlisted as B. S. L. V. Members. 



Miriam McKeeferv, Philadelphia, 

Pa. 
Geo. A. Paxton, Listie, Pa. 
Shirley M. Wilson, Fairchance, Pa. 
Archie Keffer, Uniontown, Pa. 
James J. Braucher, Friedens, Pa. 
Ralph Colburn, Long Beach, Calif. 
Donna Bechtel, Fredericktown, 0. 
Mary Peiking, Listie, Pa. 
Solon Hoyt, Ashland, 0. 



Paul E. Dick, Bible School Park, 

N. Y. 
Naomi Shanholtzer, Winchester, Va. 
Iva Cook, Fredericktown, 0. 
Emma Richards, Marshalltown, la. 
June Marsh, Canton, 0. 
Howard Wolfe, Ellet. 0. 
Bob Hill, Bob Jones College, Tenn, 
Louise Kimmel, Berne, Ind. 
Vivian Urban, Somerset, Pa. 



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Gerald Cooper, Garwin, la. Theda Sarver, Wellscreek, Pa. 

Pauline Lucas, Uniontown, Pa. Otis Swanson, Jr., Listie Pa 

Dorothy Bradley, Ellet. 0. Dorothy Heaston, Canton 

La Neita La Marr, Ellet, 0. Esther M. Porte, Ashland', O 

Norville J. Rich, Long Beach, Calif. Jack Smith, Listie, Pa. 

Fuhrman Parks, Garwin, la. Rex Hoyt, Ashland, 0. 

Lucille Parks, Garwin, la. Eldon Hoyt, Ashland, 0. 

Stenson Edenfield, Uniontown, Pa. Charles Sumey, Uniontown Pa 

Leila Mae Seymour, Fredericktown, Gerald Polman, Ft. Wayne Ind 

T. 9^^: ... Phyllis Elder, Ft. Wayne, Ind. 

Ruth Price, Uniontown, Pa. Glenn O'Neal, Sunnyside Wash 

Mark Malles, Mansfield, 0. Elsie Early. Chicago, 111' 

Leon Myers, Washington, D. C. Agnes Shaffer, Uniontown, Pa. 

There is a record of forty-three names with more arriving in every 
mail. It is wonderful the way the Lord has blessed our opening efforts in 
this movement. We give Him the praise and we pray constantly for further 
guidance and blessing. 



''ON TO BETHANY!" 

Yes, that is the thought in the minds of all Brethren Young People 
planning to attend National Conference at Winona in August. The mem- 
bers of the B. S. L. V. have received a special invitation to stay at Bethany 
Lodge during the conference week. Bethany Lodge is on the lake, has 
swimming, boating, and fishing facilities, wonderful center of all the ac- 
tivity at Bethany. Hurry your letter of reservation to Rev. Leo Polman, 
3326 Calhoun St., Ft. Wayne. Registrations are limited. Be sure to get 
yours in early. 



"DEDICATION OF LIFE FOR THE MINISTRY" 

Attention of all B. S. L. V. readers is called to the fine article under 
the above title appearing as a part of the Volunteers page in this number 
of the Herald. Rev. Norman Uphouse, the author, Winchester, Va., has 
splendidly made known the business of our members who have dedicated 
themselves to the Lord for full time service. Watch these pages for more 
such fine material in the issues to come. 



June, 1939 



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Dedication of Life 



for the Ministry 



Norman Uphouse, Winchester, Va. 



Conversion to the Lord Jesus 
Christ takes place only once in a 
lifetime. It is possible for a person 
to drift out of fellowship and need 
to be turned back to the Lord ; how- 
ever, that is not the same as the 
first conversion. Really to be con- 
verted, one must turn away from 
sin and turn toward God. This is 
the first venture with the Lord. 
Discipleship and Service 
There is an experience that may 
come to a Christian either at con- 
version or at a later time that is 
completely revolutionary in one's 
life. No theological term has been 
agreed upon to designate this exper- 
ience. On the other hand, there are 
many illustrations that support it. 
Some of the disciples believed on the 
Lord Jesus and accepted Him as 
their Messiah before taking up full 
time service for Him (John 1 :37- 
49). Later they received a special 
call to work for Him (Matt. 4:18- 
22; Luke 5:8-11). The first is rec- 
ognized as a call to discipleship and 
the second a call to service. Normal- 
ly and in all fairness to the appeal 
of Christ, every call to discipleship 
ought to be a call to service. How- 
ever, every reader of this article 
must know that a multitude of peo- 
ple who want to be called Christian, 
do nothing for God. They profess 
discipleship but are not willing to be 
of service to the Lord. Moreover, 
the reader knows that there are few 
who yield themselves to do the bid- 
ding of the Master and to go. 
Many Terms for the Same Thing 



In respect to this second experi- 
ence or call some peculiar names 
have been ascribed to it. Regard- 
less of what we call it, the fact of 
the experience remains. The second 
blessing, the baptism of the Holy 
Spirit, the crucified life, the dedi- 
cated life, the victorious life, the 
surrendered life, the yielded life, 
the Spirit filled life and others have 
been suggested. All of these refer 
to the same thing and the phrases, 
"baptism of the Holy Spirit" and 
"the second blessing" have not been 
used intelligently. Moreover, some 
persons object to the use of "the 
surrendered life." 

The Absolute Need for Dedication 
of Life 

There is no use talking about be- 
ing of service to God until we have 
made sure our position or standing 
in the family of God. It is impos- 
sible to please God without faith in 
His Son and no amount of good 
works can win Heaven's attention, 
unless done to the glory of the Lord. 

Having assurance of the experi- 
ence of salvation, we have another 
step which is necessary which is the 
yielding of ourselves to the power 
of God to be used as He chooses. The 
time element has no particular im- 
portance here; it can be done any- 
time. In some cases, it has been ex- 
perienced at conversion and people 
have gone out immediatly to do full 
time work for God. 

We can see the need for dedica- 
tion of life since many Christians 
want to run or plan their own lives 



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after conversion. This is unreason- 
able; while a dedication of life is 
not only reasonable but expected. 
Notice that the nature of saving 
faith insists upon us taking Jesus 
as Lord of our lives (Rom. 10:9- 
10). Have you thought of that? 
How is it that any Christian can ex- 
pect to take Jesus as Savior but not 
as Lord and Master? 

A Precaution 

God has a plan for all of us. It is 
our business to discover that fact 
and wait upon God. If there is first a 
willing mind, God will open doors of 
opportunity. A misunderstanding 
in the past has come about because 
some well-meaning and fine young 
people have plunged into things 
(which were honorable in them- 
selves) ahead of God's time. As a 
result, they came to a crisis and an 
unhappy end. We can not tell in a 
moment what we should do or where 
we should go. Preparation, individ- 
ual disposition and equipment will 
largelj^ determine the place of re- 
sponsibility. We can be assured that 
the place will come when we can be 
trusted. God has need of laborers 
and has no unemployment problem. 
He has projects ready to be worked. 
Probably the reader will eventually 
be selected to fill an important place 
for God. Timidity, fear, self-con- 
sciousness, criticism and all such dif- 
ficulties will flee away and God will 
surely supply you with plenty of 
power. Your business and my busi- 
ness is to be humble and wait on the 
Lord (Ps. 27:14; Isa 30:15). Trust 
Him for provisions and necessities. 
One seminary professor said that he 
started to college and seminary 
standing squarely upon Phil. 4:19 
and graduated to give testimony to 
God for He supplied his needs. This 
was a powerful testimony among 
young people and was a contribu- 
ting factor which led the writer in- 
to the ministry. 



Break From the Crowd 
When a large number of people 
are following the foolish and sinful 
things of the world, you ought to be 
looking to God. In such a time, He 
will be needing young men and 
women for a witness. This v/as true 
in Noah's day. It seemed as though 
every one was turning toward the 
pleasures of the world except Noah 
and his family. On that occasion, 
God needed a man like Noah for a 
witness. When the flood came, the 
people perished but Noah rode the 
waves victoriously. Space forbids 
all the details but such a story could 
be told of Elijah who went up to 
heaven in a whirlwind, or Daniel 
who braved the den of lions, or Paul 
w^ho won Heaven's approval, or 
Moody who led men from sin to sal- 
vation or our own James Gribble 
who hammered an entering wedge 
into a dark territory of Africa. Hun- 
dreds and thousands of saints of 
God became great because they were 
willing to break from the crowd and 
stand (if alone) for God. 

No matter where you are or what 
your station of life may be, if you 
have an ounce of concern for your 
future relation with God and really 
want to be counted on His side then 
let it be known in prayer. Of course 
God knows whether or not you love 
Him, but He appreciates a confir- 
mation of your love over and over 
again. Of course God knows wheth- 
er or not you are willing to be led, 
but you must tell Him that constant- 
ly. Do not be satisfied with drift- 
ing. If you do not seem to make the 
proper progress in line with your 
hope for full time service, then pray 
it out. Obstacles will be removed, 
rough places will be made smooth 
and even the hard and distressing 
times will be overruled for a door 
of opportunity. If you have given 
up, go back to the place of prayer. 
You can get in the good graces and 

Continued on page 27 



June, 1939 25 



I "Let George Do It" | 



% In our last number of the Brethren Herald we made mention % 

% of the need for a tent for the new work at Modesto, California. % 

^ An invitation was extended for all who cared to help these folks <; 

o get started, to send in a dollar to our office and we would for- v 

% ward all gifts on to the field. The cost of the tent was to be % 

X $156.00 and if 156 Brethren would help to the extent of one dol- % 

V lar each, it would be cared for at once. Quite evidently most of v 

o us dismissed the matter without taking part, feeling that it *** 

% would easily be cared for by others. As a result, but seven % 

^ dollars has come in, and these dear folks are still without their 'x 

^ tent. They have arranged with Dr. L. S. Bauman to hold them ;/ 

o some meetings this late spring, and they need the tent for these •*• 

S^ meetings. They feel that much depends upon the success of % 

* these meetings in getting their work before the city. $, 

^ If you have a dollar to help with the Lord's work in jModesto, .j* 

^ put it in a letter right now and mail it to >■ 

% R. Paul Miller, S 

o • o 

^ " Berne, Indiana. o 

% % 

A PRAYER 

By Geneva May Boivman 

Oh ! that I would ever be 

As true to Tliee 

As Thou to me. 
Oh ! that I would ever say 

Have Thine own way 

With me today. 



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t THE BRETHREN HERALD, Berne, Indiana, S 

y 

Enclosed find $ to cover cost of subscrip- *^ 



o 



S tions to the Brethren Herald. I want them sent to the following: a 
o Name address ^ 

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FINANCIAL REPORT 



April - May 



NOTE : All funds are general except 
designated as follows: (M.T.) Modesto 
Tent; (Cl.B.F.) Cleveland Building Fund; 
(Mag) Magazine; (Je) Jewish Missions; 
(Dist. Mis.) District Missions; (Di.) 
Dictaphone. 
1st Brethren Church, 

Tracy, Calif. (Additional) 

Mr. Frank Coykendall 2-5.00 



Total offering 



160.40 



1st Brethren Church, 

South Gate, Calif. (Additional) 
Congregation 3.5.16 



Total offering 



1st Brethren Church, 

Harrah, Wash. (Additional) 
Mr. & Mrs. J. H. Shanz 
Mr. & Mrs. D. W. Early 

Total offering 



190.8.5 



t Brethren Church, 




Conemaugh, Pa. (additional) 




Mr. & Mrs. Harry Vickroy 


5.00 


Charles Simmons 


4.00 


Miscellaneous 


.94 


Total Offering 


376.66 



5.00 
3.00 



Mrs. I.aura Mahon, 

Canton, Ohio (M.T.) 
Mrs. Clyde Hileman, 

Uniontown, Pa. (M.T.) (Cl.B.F.) 
Mr. & Mrs. Pvussel L. Hoover, 

Amity, Pa. 
Mrs. J. H. Prichard, 

Falls City, Nebr. (Mag.) 
(M.T.) (Je) 
Mrs. Gordon Gonawein, 

Fremont, Ohio (M.T.) 
Mrs. Oliver Winters, 

Fremont, Ohio (M.T.) 

Third Brethren Church, 
Philadelphia, Pa. 
Congregation (Je) 

1st Brethren Church, 
Long Beach, Calif. 
Congregation (Dist. Mis.) 

Mrs. Laura Mahon, 

Canton, Ohio. (Di.) 
Mrs. Dorothv M. Wolf, 

Ellet, Ohio 



27.24 



1st Brethren Church, 
Canton, Ohio 

1st Brethren Church, 
Listie, Pa. (Dist Miss.) 



2.00 

5.00 

10.00 

5.00 
1.00 
1.00 

47.62 

307.25 

5.10 
5.00 

5.00 

29.25 



PROFITABLE 

Bii Leona Daivson Cole 

Copyright, by author and Used by permission 

I will feed upon the word of God 
That alone can satisfy. 
I shall be weaned from this old world, 
Whose breast is sick and dry. 



When once we are entirely weaned, 
We will not fret and cry 
For the things of earth that never could 
Entirely satisfy. 



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DEDICATION OF LIFE FOR THE 
MINISTRY 

(Continued from page 24) 

favor of God where you lost them. 
The ministry is not over crowded. 
Any preacher who says that it is, 
has a shriveled soul and a miserable 
conception of God and His work in 
relation ^;o the universe. Regardless 
of the person, if he is true to his 
calling-, honors the Lord and wins 
souls, God will use him. The world 
is distressed and weary. It needs 
soldiers, not for carnal warfare, but 
soldiers of the cross for a crusade 
in the name of Jesus Christ. You 
must answer for yourself. How does 
your heart respond to a challenge to 
deny yourself, take up your cross 
and follow Jesus? 



WHATT SHALL THE CHRISTIAN 
DO IN CASE OF WAR? 

(Continued from page 20) 

course, has reference to the de- 
mands of the government. It will be 
wise to read not only verse one of 
this chapter but to read verse 9, al- 
so. Here we are admonished not to 
kill. Taking human life is killing 
whether done to satisfy some urge 
on the part of the individual who 
does the killing or whether it is by 
command of the government. In 
Eph. 6:2 we read that children are 
to honor their parents. However, in 
verse one of that chapter chil- 
dren are given the admonition 
"obey your parents in the Lord." 
Obedience is demanded only "in the 
Lord." In other words no child is 
admonished to obey an unsaved 
father in doing the thing which is 
wrong. Honor is due all parents but 
obedience must be within the realm 
of what is right. It is possible to 



honor governments by submitting to 
established law and obeying the gov- 
ernment so long as obedience does 
not lead one to do the thing which 
is wrong. Our obligation to the Lord 
Jesus Christ rises above our obliga- 
tion to the government when these 
two are in conflict. The Word makes 
the matter plain. Let us follow it 
and we will be right. 

There are ways in which the 
Christian can give help to the gov- 
ernment when and if war comes. 
The first of these ways is to meet 
gladly the financial obligations 
placed upon us. In this same 13th 
chapter of Romans Paul speaks 
along this line. "For this cause pay 
ye tribute also : Render there- 
fore to all their dues: tribute to 

whom tribute " Jesus, too, 

teaches the same thing as recorded 
in Matt. 22:15-22. When faced with 
the question of paying tribute mon- 
ey He struck at the root of the whole 
matter when He said, "Render 
therefore unto Caesar the things 
which are Caesar's; and unto God 
the things that are God's." All rec- 
ognize the fact that neither Paul 
nor Jesus was in perfect accord with 
what was being done by the govern- 
ment but they both teach that we 
have this one obligation to the coun- 
try in which we find ourselves while 
living as ambassadors of the "col- 
ony" which is in heaven. 

There is a second way in which 
Christians can give help to their 
government in time of war. He can 
do camp duty and hospital service. 
It is certainly in keeping with the 
teaching of the Word and the de- 
sire of the Lord that we bind up the 
wounds of those M'ho must bear 
arms and who are wounded in the 
conflict. In a word, we are at liber- 
ty to do anything demanded of us 
which is not contrary to our posi- 
tion in Christ Jesus and not con- 
trary to His claims on us as those 
whom He has redeemed. 



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'TWIXT THE MOUNTAINS AND 
THE SEA— COMPTON, CALIF. 

(Continued from page 15) 

will be moved to pray with us to 
that end, that He might have all the 
glory. We also have adequate Sun- 
day School room sufficient to care 
for a very large attendance. 

The work, since being started a 
few years ago. has suffered more 
than its share of reverses and set 
backs. So in spite of the appearance 
of a wonderful opportunity for a 
rapid growing church, the work has 
not been phenomenal. But through 
it all the hand of the Lord is being 
shown and we believe that the work 
is being placed on a firmer basis 
and that better and brighter days 
are in the immediate future. 

The church attendance has been 
commendable, and an encouraging 
feature is the fact that there are 
many visitors in our service, giv- 
ing us a fertile calling list upon 
which to work. We have some folks 
who are very faithful in their call- 
ing and personal work. It is our 
earnest desire that this number wHl 
be increased. "The harvest trulv is 
great, but the laborers are few: 
nray ye therefore the Lord of the 
harvest, that he would send forth 
laborers into his harvest." Luke 10: 
2. As visible results there have been 
fiftv-five first time confess^'ons. 
thirty-nine additions and thirty- 
nine reconsecrations. 

Our finances have been suf-f'icient 
to meet the needs and are creditable 
considering the number of unem- 
p'oved members. The Lord has been 
faithful in supplying the needs of 
the church. We want to take this 
onportunity to thank the Home Mis- 
sions Council for their splendid help 
to us, and for the support of the 
District Mission Board, for without 
their help it would have been im- 
possible for our continuance. May 
the Lord abundantlv bless these 



boards that are making it possible 
to give forth the testimony from 
here. j 

Our Sunday School is steadily 
growing, continually reaching new 
homes. We have a faithful and loy- 
al group of officers and teachers. 
The Lord has been blessing their ef- 
forts. 

We were privileged to have Elder 
Charles Ashman to lead us in a 
three weeks evangelistic campaign 
last November. This is the first 
time that the writer and the evan- 
gelist ever worked together. Broth- 
er Ashman is a forceful, fluent and 
Biblical preacher. Our time of fel- 
lowship was enjoyable. As to re- 
sults we believe that only eteniity 
M'ill reveal all that was accomp- 
lished. There were a number that 
confessed Christ for the first time. 
The membership was refreshed and 
strengthened. We hope to again be 
able to work with him. 

A Women's Missionary Society 
has been organized since taking up ] 
the work here. The women have ' 
been taking an active interest in 
this organization. They have al- 
ready rendered valuable service not 
only to our Lord but to the church 
as well. A Sisterhood of Mary and , 
Maiiha is in the process of being 
organized. There is a splendid op- 
portunity to reach the girls in this 
community through the sisterhood. 

We want to thank the Brethren ! 
for the many prayers that have gone ''. 
to the throne of Grace for this work. 
We earnestly covet your further in- 
terest in prayer that the Lord will 
graciously and abundantly bless the 
testimony going forth from this 
light house. The time is short and 
the days are, w^e believe, fev,- in 
which we have to work. We are de- 
sirous that many more might come 
to the saving knowledge of the Lord 
ere He comes. 

Yours In His Name, 

Grant McDonald. 



June, 1939 



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CIRCLE OF LOVE 

Bif Leona Dawson Cole 

Copyrisht br author and used by permlsston 

Fear not to meet the future, — burdened heart. 
The Lord will ever do His part. 
He will be near to take you by the hand 
And softly say, "I understand." 

Have no regret when thinking of the past; 
The pleasant hours that could not last. 
Those sad mistakes you made some by-gone day- 
Goodness and Mercy followed all the way. 

How wonderful to know Love is ahead, 
Bending the thorn-boughs where we tread. 
To have Him walk beside us as a shield. 
To know that all the past is healed. 



THE SIMPLICITY OF 
SALVATION 

(Continued from page 11) 

believe the street car will take me 
to the center of the city, but not un- 
til I commit myself to that car will 
I be transported to that destination. 
Not until I personally trust the Sav- 
ior will I be saved. Saving faith 
someone has said may be summed 
up in three statements, "I believe," 
"I take," and "I trust." May I ask 
you, dear reader, are you really 
trusting Jesus Christ. Have you 
publicly indicated that trust? Rom- 
ans 10:9 says, "If thou shalt con- 
fess with thy mouth the Lord Je- 
sus and shall believe in thine heart 
that God hath raised him from the 
dead, thou shalt be saved." This cer- 
tainly indicates a public confession 
of the Christ. And you will give 
evidence of that saving faith by an 
obedient life. Unless you live, as a 



habit, an obedient life, you have no 
right to claim saving faith as your 
portion. The simplicity of Saving 
faith — may I illustrate it? Dr. Wil- 
liam Anderson was journeying to 
Kilsyth to help in a religious revival 
which was then going on. He met 
with a boy who told him of the death 
of his little brother. The lad seemed 
sure that his brother had gone to 
heaven. Dr. Anderson asked him 
for the ground of his confidence. He 
replied, "Because he had faith." 
"But," said the doctor, "how do you 
know?" "Well, sir, when he was dy- 
ing, he seemed afraid. I told him to 
trust in Jesus. He asked me what 
that meant — what he was to do. I 
said, Tray to Him.' He replied, 'I 
am too weak; I'm not able to pray.' 
Then I said, 'Just hold up your 
hand; Jesus will see you and know 
what it means.' And he did it." Now, 
was not that faith? Is yours such 
faith? 



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THE OBSERVER 

(Continued from page 7) 

read such a system of doctrine being set forth. He couldn't cite a book. 
The more I pressed him, the more I could see that he realized he had over- 
stated his case and did not desire to be pinned down to specific cases. I 
soon found that the dear man did not know the scripture basis for the doc- 
trine he was condemning. He had been merely echoing the criticism of 
other men he was following. Where there is one preacher, there are many 
laymen who have been taught to condemn the doctrine, when they wouldn't 
recognize it if it met them in the middle of the road ! When criticism is 
compelled to mis-state its opponent in order to carry its case it has no 
case, and fears the real truth. 

.THE The editor of the Herald believes the doctrine of the Se- 

REAL curity of the Believer as taught in the Scripture, but the Scrip- 
TRUTH tures do not teach any such outlandish ideas that grant a license 
to sin to the believer. The promise of security is made only to 
those who "Be in Christ Jesus," who are "New creatures" with whom 
"old things have passed away, and all things have become new" (2 Cor. 5: 
17. The promise is to those who have turned away from sin, not to those 
who would deliberately plan to fool God with an empty profession of faith 
and then expect to live a life of sin and be saved from its penalties anyway. 
The promise is to those who have been born of the Spirit of God, and in 
w^hom the Spirit strives against temptation to sin. The one who attempts to 
deceive God with an insincere confession only condemns himself. "Man 
looketh on the outward appearance, but God looketh on the heart" (I Sam. 
16:7). The promise of security as found in John 10:27-29 is only to those 
who are Christ's sheep, not to wolves in sheep's clothing, but to those "Who 
follow Me," as our Lord's own words declare. When He says "I give them 
eternal life; and they shall never perish, NEITHER SHALL ANY MAN 
PLUCK THEM OUT OF MY HAND," He states it all. This is not the 
perseverance of the saints, but the PRESERVANCE OF GOD! Hallelujah! 
Who can open the hand of God and rob Him of his saints? Glorious keeping 
hand of God. We are convinced that thousands of laymen fear the doctrine 
of the security of the believer simply because they have been prejudiced 
against it by those who either do not know, or who have distorted the truth. 

IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE words they may stand out to the 

(Continued from page 4) f^^ as amazingly as they impinge 

themselves upon the hberty-lovmg 

of our country s enemy despoilers: TninrI 

Out with the ruck of them! Let us "i^'i"- 

be Christians not afraid to clean the Just another visionary, this Pel- 
Temple of the Republic of the money ley? I am not SO sure. It can't hap- 
changers of Iniquity." p^j-^ Yi^y^-? g^t it is happening here. 
The proposals are sigiied, William Whether or not there are a million 
Dudley Pelley, Asheville, N. C, Silvershirts in America, I can not 
April 2nd, 1838. I have reproduced say. THERE ARE SEVERAL 
the salient features of his program. HUNDRED in this city. Shortly af- 
Some of his statements I have ter receiving the issue of Liberation 
placed in italics that in the mass of in Vv^hich the program given above 



June, 1939 



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appeared, I became engaged in con- 
versation with a neighborhood mer- 
chant. Beginning with a tirade up- 
on the Jew and placing upon him 
the blame for a decline in his busi- 
ness, in phraseology that smacked 
of Pelley, and using many of the 
arguments that appear in the pages 
of Liberation, he closed with an in- 
vitation to me to attend with him 
a closed meeting of a new organiza- 
tion which he had recently joined. 
I asked him if the organization was 
the Silvershirts of America. His re- 
ply was that secretly it was so called 
but in the press and in public meet- 
ings it was known as The Legion of 
Forgotten Men. He had just re- 
ceived his "outfit" and was a neo- 
phj^te in training. According to 
him, the number at that time, a year 
ago, was "in the hundreds." I have 
talked with this man many times in 
the intervening months and have 
marked his rise to the leadership of 
the local group. 

Locally the group is gathering its 
strength from the small business 
and professional man, to whom the 
anti-semitic argument is most cog- 
ent. I have never attended one of 
its closed meetings, but at an out- 
door meeting of the Legion of For- 
gotten Men, the name under which 
the group is known to the public, 
and under whose auspices many 
public meetings of an apparently 
patriotic nature are held, I estimat- 
ed that between five and six hun- 
dred people heard an urgent plea to 
organize against Communism, a 
plea that was directed at the small 
business man. At this meeting 
pamphlets circulated by the local 
Communist group asserted the iden- 
tity of the Legion of Forgotten Men 
with the Silvershirts. I was told 
that had the night been warm per- 
haps three thousand men would 
have attended. This in a city of 
100,000. 

On the day following my receipt 



of Brother Miller's invitation to 
write on this subject, as I walked to 
my stud3^ on the sidewalk I found 
a large handbill, printed with the 
same kind of type and using the 
same phraseology as does the mag- 
azine Liberation. This dodger, 8V-> 
by 11 inches in size, bears in large 
type at the head this statement : 
JEWS ARE A DEADLY POISON 
IN THE MIDST OF A CHRIS- 
TIAN NATION. And at the bottom 
of the page is this invitation : 
CHRISTIAN PATRIOTS UNITE 
— YOU HAVE NOTHING TO 
LOSE BUT THE JEWS!! Among 
the many slogans that appear on 
the sheet are these: "Fathers and 
mothers, if you do not want your 
sons and daughters ruined, morally 
and physically, keep them away 
from all Jewish influences." "Only 
severe laws, strictly enforced by 
Christian judges wil protect Chris- 
tian women from Jewish immoral- 
ity." "Our Lord Jesus Christ said 
to the Jews : Ye are of your father 

the devil " etc. "Out with the 

destroyers and all Jews to Ma- 
dagascar." "Christian Vigilantes 
Arise!" 

On the reverse of the sheet ap- 
pear these: "JEWS! JEWS! JEWS 
EVERYWHERE !" "COMMUNISM 
IS JEWISH— OUT WITH JEWS !" 
"JOIN YOUR NEAREST ANTI- 
COMMUNIST ORGANIZATION." 

On the basis of arousing a tide of 
judo-phobia, the citizens of our 
town, at least, are being slowly but 
surely indoctrinated against the 
Jew. And dictatorship has always 
thrived on anti-semitism. It was 
true in Egypt, in Babylon, and it is 
true today. When will the tide be- 
come a flood? And becoming a flood, 
when will it sweep into powder some 
man who has had the cunning to 
build a powerful fascist organiza- 
tion ? 



"It can't happen here?" 
ren, it's happening here! 



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"'We who follow the Crucified are not here to 
make a pleasant thing of life; we are called to 
suffering for the sake of a suffering, sinful ivorld. 
The Lord forgive us our shameful evasiotis and 
hesitations. His brotv was crowned with thorns; 
do we seek rosebuds for our crotvning ? His hands 
ivere pierced with nails; are our hands ringed 
with jeivels? His feet were bare and bound; do 
our feet walk delicately?. . . . God forgive us our 
^love of ease. God forgive us that so often we turn 
our faces from a life that is even remotely like 
His. Forgive us that we all but worship comfort, 
the delight of the presence of loved ones, posses- 
sions, treasure on earth. Far, far from our pray- 
ers too often is any thought of prayer for a love 
which ivill lead us to give one whom we love to 
follow our Lord to Gethsemane, to Calvary — per- 
haps because we have never been there ourselves.'' 

— Amy Carmichael. 



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JULY, 1939 



THE 

BRETHREN HERALD 

Official organ of 

THE BRETHREN HOME MISSIONS COUNCIL 



Volume 1 No. 5 

Entered as second-class matter February 9, 1939, at the post office at Ashland, Ohio, 

under the Act of March 3, 1879. 

R. Paul Miller, editor 
Paul R. Bauman Roy A. Patterson 

associate editors 

A GREAT MISTAKE! 

A short time ago a member of the Brethren Church spoke rather deprecatingly 
of the approaching Na' ional Conference saying, "No use to go there. Nothing there 
for us anyway. Just a lot of contention and strife. Be better to stay home and save 
the money." This is not the only brother who has thus thought or spoken in these 
days. Such a view is a great mistake. True peace can only be won through victory. 
Even Christ had to go to Calvary before he could make peace for us. Until the battle 
is fought and a victory won peace can never be had. Even though one might not be 
interested in National Conference, yet for anyone who is a real friend of the Brethren 
Home Missions Council, and of Grace Theological Seminary, and of the Brethren Stu- 
dent Life Volunteers, to stay away from Winona Lake at such a time, would be most 
unfortunate. T'hese fine new works are just getting started, and need your help and 
personal encouragement. These organizations will all meet at Bethany Camp during 
Conference to transact affairs necessary to their success. To remain away will only 
hurt the cause that you are most deeply interested in. Furthermore, there will likely 
be more Bre'hren at this coming National Conference than in all history. History 
was written last year. More will be written this year. This will be a memorable 
gathering that may mark an era in Brethren History. You will regret it if you miss 
it. The Lord needs your presence t'here. 

CONTENTS 

I Thought I Was Saved 3 Around the Council Table 13 

The Observer 5 Brethren Student Life Volunteers .... 15 

Contemplating the Cross 7 Our Unceasing Prayer Band 18 

Accross the Nation with our Secretary 9 Here Is a Fine Idea 20 

The Course of Government Today .... 11 New Conference Organized 23 

A New Tent for Evangelism 12 Financial Report 28 



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Berne, Indiana. 

Subscription rate, fifty cents per year. Those who give five dollars or more 
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magazine regularly. Fifty cents each is deducted from such gifts to defray 
cost of the magazine. Changes of address should be sent to our office thirty 
days before they are made to avoid loss of copies. 



July, 1939 



I THOUGHT I WAS 
SAVED 

Robert E. Crees, Pastor Waynesboro, Penna. 

"I thought I was saved", 
said a new member of our 
church in a testimony meet- 
ing last February, "but I 
really was not a Christian. 
I was a member of another 
church for years but this is 
the first time I ever under- 
stood and experienced the 
new birth." Her testimony 
could be multiplied many 
times. How tragic it is that 
one can be a church member 
for years, and vet be lost! 
Lost In The Church 

While I was pastor in Kit- 
tanning, Pa., an amusing in- 
cident was related to me. A 
faithful Christian family 
had left the evening church 
service and motored home. 
As the mother was putting 
the children to bed it was 
discovered one little boy 
was missing. They search- 
ed everywhere but could not 
find him. He was lost! 
Then someone remembered 
last seeing him asleep on the 
church pew. A hurried trip back to 
the church — another trip to find 
the key to the locked door — the 
lights were flashed on — the boy was 
found asleep on the pew where they 
had left him. He was lost in the 
church! The father vowed that 
ever after he would "call the roll" 
of the family before he left the 
church ! ! 

Many adults have been lost in a 
church, and in Brethren Churches 
at that. Some poor souls join a 
church, but never join the Lord. 




Their names are recorded on the 
church roll, and they breathe a sigh 
of relief now that their salvation is 
thus secured. Then they proceed to 
keep on living for the devil. They 
have not been born again. Spur- 
geon said, "It is difficult to say how 
far a man may go in religion and 
yet die in his sins." The Pharisees 
read the Scriptures, fasted oft, 
gave tithes, and made long prayers, 
and yet they rejected the counsel of 
God. It is possible to have one's 
name inscribed upon a church regi- 



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ster, and yet not have it written in 
the Lamb's Book of Life. How 
many there are who rely upon the 
fact that they say their prayers, 
read their Bibles, attend church, 
and partake of the Lord's Supper, 
but who, nevertheless, are building 
upon the sand, rather than upon the 
Rock which is Christ! 
Streamlined Revivals Will Not Help 

Just whose fault is it if one is 
lost in the church? That individuals 
do not have the right conception 
of Christianity, it is true, but some- 
times they are led astray by false 
emphasis of worldly pastors. In a 
newspaper article in the Kitt?.n- 
ning paper the Rev. Louis L. Per- 
kins, former rector of the Episco- 
palian Church, writing under the 
title of "Christianity and Being 
Saved", says, "There is no such 
thing as individual Christian salva- 
tion. Christian salvation means the 
changing about of the life of men in 
their group relationships." In oth- 
er words he believes in reformation 
through the social gospel, and not 
in regeneration through the new- 
birth. He was a blind leader of the 
blind. 

The second week in January, 
1939 was marked by a campaign of 
■"Visitation Evangelism" in the city 
of Waynesboro, Pa., conducted by a 
professional evangelist under the 
direction of the ministerium which 
included ten churches. The news- 
paper commended it as the "new 
type of streamlined evangelism 
which is displacing mass evangel- 
ism in this modern era." It was 
streamlined all right. It went so 
fast it never stopped at any of the 
important stations. At daily meet- 
ings selected workers from each 
church were drilled in high-pressure 
s?.lesmanship, then went out two by 
two to convince prospects in their 
homes they should change their life 
and join the church. Never a word 
was said about sin or repentence. 



Not one mention about the death of 
Christ. The leader discouraged the 
use of the Bible in visitation. No 
explanation of the new-birth. Just 
give the prospects a pat on the back, 
tell them they are good folks and 
sliould join the church, play with 
the baby a little to win their confi- 
dence, then sign their name on the 
dotted line!! Many folks joined 
various churches, and doubtless 
some were sincere, but we wonder 
how many had their sins washed 
away by the blood of Christ! Our 
Seventy personal workers band at- 
tended, but left in disgust. May 
God help America to keep away 
from "streamlined evangelism", 
and to stick to the Biblical method 
of salvation bv faith in Christ. 
A Blind Man Sees After 22 Years 

The Philadelphia Evening Bulle- 
tin relates the story of an opera- 
tion on the eyes that has made it 
possible for 22 year old Earl Mus- 
selman of Overbrook School for the 
Blind to see for the first time in his 
life! Earl said, 'The biggest thrill 
of my life was when my mother 
came to visit me and I could actual- 
ly see her. Now that I have been 
almost reborn I find that I want to 
do a lot of things at once. I feel as 
though some dark veil has been lift- 
ed from before my eyes." 

The greatest thrill that can ever 
come to any sinner is to experience 
the new-birth. Before that happens 
one's eyes are spiritually darkened. 
"But the natural man receiveth not 
the things of the Spirit of God, for 
they are foolishness unto him; 
neither can he know them, because 
they are spiritually discerned." — 
I Corinthians 2:14. God makes us 
over from the inside out, throac^h 
the Holy Spirit He places within 
us. The burden of sin rolls away. 
Victory over temptation is experi- 
enced now. Even our habits and de- 
sires are changed. "Therefore if 
(Continued on page 23) 




WHITE PAPER Lord Balfour was a true believer, we are told, in 

vs. the Scriptures, and in the prophetic future of Israel. 

GOD'S PROMISE This belief of his was therefore a prime factor in the 
establishment of the famous declaration that bears 
his name. This declaration, sigmed after Palestine had been taken by 
British forces in the last world war, was confirmed by granting to Eng- 
land a protectorate over the land by the League of Nations. This was the 
first step leading to the re-population of the Land of Israel. Since that 
time over 400,000 Israelites have returned to the land and taken up per- 
manent homes there, building new cities, and reclaiming the desert to 
fertility. The desert has truly begun to "Blossom as the rose." 

There is no doubt but that the government of England at that time was 
sincere in purpose to carry out this plan of giving Palestine back to Israel 
as a national home forever. However, since that time there has been a 
continued strife between the Arabs and the Jews. The Arabs have had 
free run of the land ever since the Ottoman victories many centuries ago. 
While they have not developed the land at all, preferring to live as mere 
nomads generally, yet they resent the coming of the Jews who at once 
"make the land to rejoice." Increasing riots and bloodshed through the 
years have become a great burden, and an expensive one, to England. Other 
days have come, Europe faces another carnival of war. England's Empire 
is in danger. A Moslem war is held as a threat over her head to force her 
to exclude more Jews from entering Palestine. Such a war would take 
such tremendous forces as to make Britain helpless before Italy and Ger- 
many if they should move to attack at such a time. Expediency therefore 
cries, "Why continue this exceedingly expensive program of placing the 
Jews in Palestine when it endangers our entire national existence ?" Hence, 
the issuance of the little "white paper" by Britain, announcing an end of 
Jewish immigration to Palestine by 1944, with a limit of 75,000 during 
that time. This would limit the population to one third Jews, and two 
thirds Arabs. Thus England hopes to bring an end to further danger by 
no longer assisting the Jews. It is a sad indication for England. It is a 
sign she is slipping. This one act will cost her more than she realizes to- 
day. It may mean the start of her downfall, if the plan is carried out. 

The White Paper from London is inspired by Satan, without doubt. It 
is his effort to keep the Arabs, the descendants of Ishmael, the son of un- 
belief, (Gen. 15:4, 16:2), in ascendancy over the sons of Isaac, the true 
seed of Abraham and of the promise. It aims to keep them from possess- 
ing all the land that God has promised them. Here is the promise : 

"Thus saith the Lord God, 'Behold I will take the children of Israel from among 

the heathen (nations) whither they are gone, and gather them on every side, and 



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bring them into their own land; and they shall dwell in the lands that I have given 
to Jacob, my servant, wherein your fathers have dealt; and they shall dwell there- 
in, even they and their children, and their children's children forever, and my ser- 
vant David shall be their prince forever." Ez. 37:21, 25. 

Not withstanding the "White paper from London", and its forsaking 
of the Balfour treaty to save Great Britain's face, the "Promise from 
Heaven", will be fulfilled to the letter, and the Sons of Ishmael will give 
place to the Sons of Isaac, even though it takes an Armageddon to get rid 
of them I Amen. 



THE Since the publication of a recent article in the Brethren 

THREAT Evangelist Home Mission number, numerous letters and in- i 
OF LAW quiries laden with fears of all kinds have reached us ask- j 
ing if it were true that a certain group within the Brethren i 
Church, led by the author of the article, were going to institute law suits 
aimed at disfranchising and dis-possessing all members and congregations 
of the Brethren faith who believe the doctrine of Eternal Security. The i 
editor of the Herald hastens to assure all who may have been perturbed by j 
such fears, that such is not possible so long as the Brethren Church's ! 
original charter, guaranteeing congregational government, stands. Un- 
til you receive reliable information that God is dead, and that His promise 
of grace has been cancelled, keep right on singing and praying and preach- 
ing and winning souls ! No matter what the issue, any movement professing 
to be a Christian and spiritual work, and which has to resort to laws and 
aids of this %vorld for its support, is already a lost cause. The editor urges 
all of our readers to keep close to God, praying much in these confusing 
days, and Tear not what man may do unto you'. Keep looking up ! 



THE In a recent sermon by Dr. Harry Emerson Fodsdick, 

REAL ENEMIES of New York City, he is reported to have said, 
OF LIBERTY "All the armies we can build, and all the armaments 

we can amass will not in the end protect democracy 
unless, having achieved liberty, we use it for the good of all the people." 

Dr. Fosdick, perhaps the most outstanding modernist in America, be- 
wails the decay of democracy, and talks about "using it for good of all the 

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July, 1939 



CONTEMPLATING 
THE CROSS 

Louis S. Baunmri, D. D., Pastor Long Beach, Calif. 



Text: "And sitting down they 
watched Him there"— Matthew 27: 
36. 

The cross is the crudest instru- 
ment of torture known. The Ro- 
mans used it, not only as an instru- 
ment of torture and death, but add- 
ed disgrace. Because of this the Ro- 
man law forbad that any Roman 
citizen should ever be crucified. 
Probably, that is the reason why, 
while Peter was crucified, Paul was 
beheaded. Paul was a Roman citi- 
zen; Peter was not. This instru- 
ment of torture and of 
disgrace, Christ has 
turned into a symbol of 
great victory and end- 
less glory. 

"And sitting down 
they watched Him 
there." One can only 
wonder what was in 
their minds as they 
sat and watched Him 
there! Let us sit down 
and contemplate that 
awful scene. What do 
we see u p o n the 
Cross ? 

First of all, we see God's estimate 
of sin! It is written: "He hath made 
Him to be sin for us, who knew no 
sin; that we might be made the 
righteousness of God in Him" (H 
Cor. 5:21). Christ, "made to be 
sin", endured the most terrible 
agonies that flesh and blood can 
know. Therefore sin must be a 
thing so terrible in the sight of the 
holy God, that no punishment is too 
great. Sin has broken every heart 
that's broken! Sin has dug every 
grave thac has ever furrowed our 




sod. Sin has brought upon this old 
earth every curse it knows. Let 
men think lightly of sin if they will. 
But go, look upon Golgotha's brow, 
and know what God thinks of sin! 
God ever beholds it as a rotting lep- 
rosy, devastating all the nations of 
the earth. Justice demands terrific 
punishment, as the Cross reveals. 

We see on the Cross God's esti- 
mate of a man: It is written: "God 
so loved the world that He gave His 
only begotten Son that whosoever 
believeth in Him, shall not per- 
ish but have everlasting 
life." Of what value is 
man? What value does 
a Hitler, or a Stalin, or 
any of their ilk place up- 
on flesh and blood? 
Little indeed! To fur- 
ther their unholy am- 
bitions they stand ready 
to send hundreds and 
thousands and millions 
of boys and even girls 
into the jaws of agoni- 
zing death. Human life, 
with men is cheap ; but, 
of what value is a man 
to God? The Cross is the answer! 
Why dies the Lord of Glory there? 
He dies that you, a man, may be 
purchased for God's own possession 
— saved ! 

Contemplating the Cross of 
Christ convinces us that sin is a 
monster that would blot out of His 
Universe. Who dies on yonder 
Cross? The One called "Wonderful, 
the Mighty God, the Everlasting 
Father, and the Prince of Peace!" 
And Sin is the hideous something 
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that Cross. Either God must des- 
troy sin, or sin will destroy God! 

Again, we see upon the Cross the 
certain justice of God. Why did Je- 
sus Christ die? We need to rid our- 
selves of the idea that Jesus Christ 
died a helpless martyr. While to 
the eyes of those who do not have 
understanding, Jesus Christ seem- 
ed the weakest of the weak, the 
most pitiful of all the pitied, yet as 
a matter of fact He was the Might- 
iest of the mighty, the most majes- 
tic of all the majesties! Listen to 
Him spea^k: "I lay down my life!. . 
No Man taketh it from Me! I have 
power to lay down my life! I have 
power to take it again!" (Cf. John 
10:17, 18). The Roman soldiers, 
headed by Judas, came to take Je- 
sus in Gethsemane. He arose, and 
with one glance of His eye, sent to 
the dust every soldier that carried 
a sword against Him that night! 
And, then He lifted them up as if 
to say: "I'll go with you! But you 
can't take Me ! I lay down My life ! 
No man taketh it from Me!" Yea, 
w^ith one glance of His imperial eye 
Jesus Christ could have made all 
the imperial army of the mighty 
Caesar bite the dust. 

As He stood before Pilate, Pilate 
said : "Knowest thou not that I have 
power to crucify Thee, or power to 
set Thee free?" The mighty Son of 
God replied: "You have no power 
over me at all except it is given you 
from above!" 

No! No! Christ was not a help- 
less martyr! Tlien why did He die? 
A lady of my church, Mrs. Leona 
Cole, has given the answer: 
"Jew and Gentile, Scribe and 

Pharisee 
Were in the mob that clamoured be- 
fore the tree! 
They followed up the hill, and did 

not know 
That it was Love, not whips, that 
made Him go! 



The soldiers, mid the howling rab- 
ble band 
Made sure the spikes that tore His 

feet and hands; 
Their exaltation pierced the murky 

air — 
But it was Love, not nails, that held 

Him there." 
Paul also gives the answer. Christ 
died "that He (God) might be just, 
and the justifier of Him which be- 
lieveth in Jesus" (Rom. 3:26). 

The fiat of God went out centur- 
ies before the Cross : "The soul that 
sinneth, it shall die!" That is sim- 
ple justice, and God must be just! 
God cannot dispense His love nor 
mercy at the expense of His justice. 
Therefore the death of Jesus Christ 
was an absolute necessity in order 
that the demands of justice might 
be met. 

Once again: On the Cross we see 
the fathomless goodness of God. 
Why is Jesus Christ dying? Be- 
cause God is love and God is merci- 
ful and God is gracious; and in un- 
merited favor. His fathomless good- 
ness is even permitting His Son to 
suffer and die that we might be 
saved. No wonder John cried: "God 
is love!" He is love in that He gave 
the utmost gift that a Father's 
heart could give. Behold it on yon- 
der Cross! 

Likewise, we see on the cross the 
real price cf redemption. Peter de- 
clared it: "Forasmuch as ye know 
that ye were not redeemed with 
corruptible things as silver and 
gold, but with the precious blood of 
Christ "(I Pet. 1:18). Look upon 
yonder cross and tell us, is there 
any other offering that can match 
God's offering and prove to be ac- 
ceptable? What measure of good 
works or of personal attainment, or 
of what we call culture or character, 
can ever equal the price which God 
demanded of Jesus Christ when He 
was "made to be sin for us"? As 

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July, 1939 



A CROSS 
me NA TION 

with our Secretary 




IN OLD For the third time 

VIRGINIA we have had the privi- 
lege of laboring with 
our people at Winchester. The first 
time was nearly ten years ago, in 
the fall of 1929. At that time the 
work had just been started. That 
meeting was held in the little 
church building. The next meeting 
was a year or so later and was held 
in a tent. The same tent is still go- 
ing strong, and this meeting was al- 
so held in it. 

The Winchester work has not en- 
joyed a very prosperous history 
during these ten years for some 
reason, and although a lot of hard 
work has been done, yet the work 
has sagged and has not grown. A 
year ago the church asked to be 
taken back under the National 
Home Mission work as it was when 
started. It had been about seven 
years since the church was under 
the National Board. When the 
Brethren Home Missions Council 
was formed last year, Winchester 
voted to come under the Council. 

During the past year the church 
has made most remarkable advan- 
ces. Under the able leadershop of 
Brother Norman Uphouse as pastor, 
a Bible School meeting on Monday 
evening each week through nine 
months of the year was started. 
This class draws the highest type 
Christians from all the churches, 
and closed its year with ninety five 



students. A full course in Systema- 
tic Tlieology, and one in Prophecy, 
make up the subjects at present. 
The Pastor teaches Theology, and a 
local physician. Dr. Baker, teaches 
the prophetic hour. Dr. Baker is a 
most excellent Christian gentleman 
and a real student of the word. It is 
quite likely that a large increase in 
enrollment will be enjoyed during 
the second year. The Bible School 
has become the popular subject of 
discussion on every hand. Already 
the Church is enjoying the reputa- 
tion as being the outstanding fund- 
amentalist church of the city. 
Modernism is widespread here. 
Although Brother Uphouse has 
been on the field so short a time, 
yet he is loved and respected by all. 
On every side, from those not mem- 
bers of the church at all, we heard 
statements regarding the ability of 
this man as a preacher of power. 
We found that when folks heard a 
good preacher elsewhere, he was 
compared with the preaching of 
Brother Uphouse. All of which 
goes to show that the Brethren 
Church and its gospel are drawing 
the attention and high regard of 
the true Christian people in Win- 
chester. It all goes to prove the 
right man is in the right field and 
in God's will. 

The meetings were well attended. 
We started in mighty cold weather. 
The first few nights we had no heat 



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in the tent and it was so cold at 
times that you could see your 
breath before you. That wasn't so 
good for attendance. But the folks 
came anyway in goodly numbers. 
After several days we got stoves 
rigged up and then the weather 
turned warm right away! So it 
goes. After warmer weather start- 
ed the attendance grew steadily till 
the tent was filled, the congrega- 
tion forming about twenty five per 
cent of the audience. This shows 
how largely the meetings interest- 
ed others than our own folks. Our 
own folks were very faithful, but 
they weren't numerous enough to 
fill the tent. Real interest is now 
rising in the whole gospel message 
in Winchester. 

During the meetings, on the sec- 
ond Sunday, a new porch combined 
with rest rooms beneath it was de- 
dicated. The men of the church had 
worked all day and then some of 
them had worked most of the night 
trying to finish the porch in time 
for dedication. One night they 
worked till 4:30 A. M. and then 
worked again all next day. That 
takes real love and spirit to do a 
thing like that. But it was done 
and all plumbing installed, by dedi- 
cation day. That has been a fine 
improvement for the church and 
one that was badly needed. 

The Sunday School has been 
growing steadily, until now they are 
crowded for room. Some kind of 
building project must be undertaken 
shortly or the work will suffer for 
lack of facilities. Now there are 
two large classes in the main church 
room, and the teachers have to 
speak very low in order to keep 
from interfering with each other. 
The basement is full of classes. 
Poor accommodations will prevent 
growth of a work as quickly as any- 
thing. Something will have to be 
done for this situation very soon. 

There is a bevy of young people 



and children in this work. They 
form the choruses that take the 
place of a choir. They do very fine 
work under Brother Uphouse's own 
direction. They were very faithful 
during the meetings. Brother Up- 
house is not neglecting them, but is 
watching over them and planning 
their interests steadily. He has se- 
cured a camp in Fort Valley, about 
forty miles away and he will havt, 
them up there this summer with 
many others from other near)\v 
Brethren Churches. These young 
people will make the future of the 
Winchester Church in a few years. 

It is useless to try to describe the 
most excellent hospitality of these 
southern folks. It is superb. Our 
home was with Brother and Sister 
Lockhart during the meetings, as 
well as for a week or so afterward. 
No finer home could be asked for, 
with finer spirits to fellowship with. 
We shall long remember Brother 
Lockhart's strawberries ! 

There is a great field here in this 
section of Winchester and we be- 
lieve our folks have the vision now 
of their possibilities, and will rise 
up and take advantage of them for 
Christ like true men of God should 
do. Do not forget to pray for these 
people. It is an open door for the 
gospel down here. 



NEW FIELD Narrows is a small 
AT town about seventy 

NARROWS miles southwest of 
Roanoke and Cov- 
ington. The Celanese Corporation 
is now constructing a first block of 
a huge plant for the manufacture of 
artificial silk. The first operations 
will start January first according 
to present plans. We talked with 
the Chief Engineer in charge of the 
building project now in process, and 
found that their first operations 

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July, 1939 



11 



THE 




COURSE OF GOVERNMENT TODAY 

How Should the Christian View It? 

Professor Hennan A. Hoyt, Grace Theological Seminary 

The consummation of the age 
must be upon us, for today there is 
"upon the earth distress of nations, 
with perplexity ; the sea and the 
waves roaring; men's hearts faihng 
them for fear, and for looking after 
those things which are coming upon 
the earth" (Luke 21:25-26). But 
whether the consummation of the 
age is upon us, or not, we are nev- 
ertheless seeing the world plunge 
with vicious rapidity into a see- 
thing, boiling, political Maelstrom 
which will ultimately engulf tlie en- 
tire world, and hasten the end of 
the age. And as the Christian views 
the governments of the world in 
their mad rush for power and pres- 
tige, he is compelled to consider 
them in relation to the plan of God, 
and in relation to his own personal 
responsibility. With this in mind, 
let us search out the mind of God in 
this matter. 

In the first place, God presents 
the NATURE of world government 
under the figure of wild beasts. 
"And four great beasts came up 
from the sea .... The first was like 
a lion, .... a second like a bear .... 
another like a leopard .... and be- 
hold a fourth beast, dreadful and 
terrible" (Dan. 7:3-7). And while 
these four beasts, here mentioned, 
represent four specific world gov- 
ernments, it is worth noting that 
the nature of each is Hke that of a 
beast, which establishes the fact 
that the nature of all world govern- 
ment is bestial in the eyes of God. 

Moreover, it is the wild, feroci- 
ous, undomesticated beasts of the 
jungles that are used to represent 




world government. Such beasts 
have been termed wild because they 
are wilful, moved by their own sel- 
fish and vicious appetites. And 
what could more properly depict 
the greed and self-will among na- 
tions today, as they look with cove- 
tous eyes upon the territory and 
possessions of others. This wilful- 
ness produces lawlessness and the 
failure to control these covetous 
passions, and hence treaties and 
agreements become mere scrapes of 
paper. With eyes of passion upon 
coveted things, and bound by no 
law except the law of their own de- 
sire, the nations like beasts break 



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A New Tent For Evangelism 

At the Wednesday evening Jubilee Meeting of the Home Mis- 
sions Council, to be held at five thirty at Bethany Camp, during 
National Conference week, we are aiming to raise $500.00 for the 
purchase of a tent for Evangelistic work. We have been greatly 
handicapped this summer in regard to our new fields. There is 
usually no other way of starting a new work except through a tent 
meeting. The Lord has sent us new fields that we cannot start 
until we have one. We believe we can purchase and equip a tent 
for service for about $500.00. 

P'ray about this, for it is a real and pressing need. 

When you come to Conference, come prepared to help on this 
offering. 

Mention it to the folks in your church who will be unable to 
come to Conference. They will be glad to help us even if they don't 
come. 

EVERYONE OUGHT TO HAVE SOME PART IN THIS GREAT 

WORK! 



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into violence of the most fierce and 
insane character to attain their 
ends. Is it any wonder, that such 
beasts, under which figure world 
government has been placed, are 
described as undomesticated an- 
imals which contribute nothing of 
real and lasting benefit to society? 
With these things in mind we 
should be reminded that the nature 
of wild beasts never changes. Ani- 
mal trainers, whose years of experi- 
ence with these beasts of the jungle 
have taught them some things, will 
testify that wild beasts are never 
tamed or changed. They are train- 
ed, but the nature remains the same, 
and may at any moment break out 
in all of its wild ferocity. And so it 
is with the nations, for their under- 
lying nature remains the same. And 
though there may be periods of ap- 
parent peacefulness and docility, it 
should never be forgotten that un- 



derneath there is that wild, untam- 
ed, lawless spirit belonging to this 
world, which, at the moment least 
expected, will break forth with sav- 
age onslaught upon peoples and na- 
tions of any tongue. Nor will there 
ever be a time that the nations of 
the world will be safe until men are 
all regenerated and the Lord Him- 
self sets up His own kingdom in the 
earth. 

In the second place, the CREEDS 
of governments are the creations of 
the nature which they possess. In 
that connection it was the Psalmist 
who said: "Why do the heathen 
rage, and the people imagine a vain 
thing? The kings of the earth set 
themselves, and the rulers take 
counsel together, against the Lord, 
and against his anointed" (Ps. 2:1- 
2). And since it is out of the heart 
that evil thoughts proceed, the 
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WINCHESTER, VA. 

The year that has just passed 
has been a successful one for the 
church at Winchester. The Lord 
has blessed us in every avenue of 
activity and has permitted us to ad- 
vance in many ways. Because of 



Sunday. The attendance at all of 
our services has been encouraging. 
Our Sunday School has 149 on the 
roll now with an average attend- 
ance of over 100. Two weeks ago 
we had 140 present. One of the best 
indications of spiritual growth at 




The Winchester Sunday School 



this, it gives me a great pleasure to 
report that we are taking on 
strength to the extent that in a 
few years we hope to be able to 
stand alone or free from all mission 
aid. 

During the year our membership 
has increased by 36 and nine more 
persons have made a first time con- 
fession of Christ and await baptism. 
There were fifteen baptised last 



the church is the increased interest 
in prayer. Our prayer meeting of 
last week had 58 persons present. 
The number may not sound so large 
but it represents two thirds of the 
total church membership and which 
thing must stand as a challenge to 
other churches. 

There have been two revivals 
within the year. In June 1938 the 
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I YOU j 

I DARE I 

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A farmer dare not wait till two weeks before harvest time 
to sow his seed wheat or corn. Nor does the pastor dare to wait 
till two weeks before Thanksgiving time to begin to work for a 
successful Thanksgiving Offering for Home Missions I People do 
not have large amounts of money on hand at any time. Their 
income comes in small weekly amounts usually, whether they are 
farmers or city dwellers. The wise pastor accommodates him- 
self to this situation and prepares several months ahead by using 
the little coin collectors which last year proved to be such a 
successful way. Pastor, if you have not used them before, take 
a little real and kindly advice and try them this year. Send for 
them today. They will cost you nothing. Put some real life and 
interest into the plan when you introduce them. Make fre- 
quent announcements of the way they are coming in full, both 
in your bulletins, and from the pulpit as you have opportunity. 
Once you have taught your people to use them, you would never 
do without them. Begin today! You will thank us heartily 
when Thanksgiving time rolls around and you see the increase 
in your offering and note the ease with which it was raised. 

Send to 

BRETHREN HOME MISSIONS COUNCIL 

Berne, Indiana 



July, 1939 



15 



BRETHREN STUDENT LIFE 
VOLUNTEERS 



Kenneth B. Ashman 
Conemaugh, Penna., 

Sujjerintendent 



We are most happy to announce 
that to date, after but two months 
of work, there are now FIFTY 
NINE fully enrolled Student Life 
Volunteers. There are scores of 
other young people who have been 
contacted. The mail is bringing 



those who have yielded their lives 
to Christ for definite purposes. 
Brother Kenneth Ashman, our Su- 
perintendent, has been all but 
swamped with the tremendous a- 
mount of correspondence that has 
come to him from young people all 




Here Is A Group Of Volunteers In Allentown, Pennsylvania, Standing In Front Of 
Their Church With Their Pastor, Brother Frank G. Coleman, Jr. 



more inquiries from young people 
every day. True Christian young 
people everywhere are concerned 
about their lives that they may 
count the most for Christ. Pastors 
are discovering the tremendous val- 
ue of this movement for their young 
people and are recommending it to 



over the land. We are riming for 
ONE HUNDRED VOLUNTEERS 
by the time for Annual Conference 
at Winona Lake. We believe we will 
reach the goal and more. 

Young man! Young wommen! If 
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ANNOUNCING! 



THE ANNUAL JUBILE 
BRETHREN HOME 



TO BE HELD J 

WINONA 

WEDNESDAY and SATUll 



DON'T MISS the fellowship supper Wednes- 
day at 5:30 at Bethany Gamp. 

HEAR LEO POLMAN give the real story oi 
the victory at FT. WAYNE. . 

TOM HAMMERS is going to tell of what hap- 
pened at CLEVELAND this year. ^ 

ROBERT MILLER will be there to give 'his 
first hand account of what the TRACY 
church had to face last year. 

NORMAX UPHOUSE will stir you with the 
report of the victory at WINCHESTER. 

These are but a few samples of reports you will 
hear at this meeting. 



PROGRAM 

Roy A. F 
Leo Polma 
5:30 Fellowship i 
6:00 Pep reports 
and west. 
Seminary q^ 
6:30 Report of t 
Plans for t 
Secretary. 
Seminary Q 
I Address — R 

j cf Home Mi 

! Offering — 

$500.00. ! ! 
Seminary Qi 
i Consideratio 

I tion. 

i Adoption of 

Election of 
Seminary Qi 
♦ Benediction. 



AND DONT FORGET THE OFFERING! IT WILJ 

EVANGELISTIC TENT. COME PREPARED. Ei 



DONT FAIL TO BI 



J BUSINESS SESSIONS 
)SIONS COUNCIL 



[ANY CAMP. 
^DIANA 

1" CONFERENCE WEEK 



THE GRACE SEMINARY QUARTET AND 

CHORUS WILL SING AT ALL 

SESSIONS. 

ROY A. PATTERSON, President of the Home 
Missions Council will speak right after the 
"Pep reports". Bro. Patterson has some 
things to tell you about Home Missions to- 
day that you will remember a long time. 

R, Px4UL MILLER, secretary of the Council, 
will give the report of the year and plans for 
the future. 

Articles of incorporation and constitution and 
by laws will be considered and adopted. 

This will be a most important business session 
in the history of the Council. 

Directors will be elected for the coming year. 



LKEN FOR THE PURCHASE OF THE NEW 
s[ OFFERING BEFORE YOU LEAVE HOME! 



IDNESDAY 

residing 
of music. 



on Pastors, east 



for 1938-1939— 
R. Paul Miller, 



erson, President 

icil. 

,ngelistic Tent — 

es of Incorpora- 

m and By Laws, 
f the Council. 



ERE! THAT'S ALL 



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I Our Unceasing Praye/^ Band 

<, "But prayer was made without ceasing of the Church unto God" '■$ 

% Acts 12:5. % 

^ •:» 

$ "Satan Trembles . %»■ 

^ • When he sees, X 

O *^^ 

^ The weakest saint % 

% Upon his knees." '^^ 

^ , O 

g The lavish freedom with which God has poured out His promises to <> 

O answer prayer is enough to make every Christian a constant seeker at the '$ 

% Throne of Grace. Here is the storehouse of all God's power, blessings, and % 

^^ riches laid at the feet of the Christian. Beyond this, the Scriptures are f 

O flooded with appeals to the Christian to take advantage of this wonderful ¥ 

C. offer. The marvel is that any Christian could be drawn away from His $, 

^ knees, away from these priceless riches held out to Him in the open hand 2 

I* of a loving God. "Ye have not because ye ask not", said Our Lord. We are V 

O poor because we ignore His riches to be had for the asking. We are dis- V 

<r* couraged because we do not seek His blessings that lift the soul. We are ¥ 

J* weak because we ignore His Almighty power so freely offered us for the % 

C' asking. Satan does not fear the Christian or the Church that does not r* 

|. pray — that does not make prayer a real ministry, a passion. But when he v^ 

^ sees the preacher or layman shut himself in with God and begin to lay % 

% hold of God's victory, he trembles, for he knows he faces utter defeat. % 

O Brethren, lay hold today. •> 

J 1. In ninety days we will gather at National Conference. Each year for V 

O several years, our National gatherings have been growing more criti- V 

O ^^1- 'Every true Brethren heart should be much in prayer daily from % 

% now till we convene at Winona Lake the last week in August, that % 

O somehow God's Holy Spirit shall lead us out of the difficulties that V 

O have been multiplying. If it be His will that we should continue as -J 

.|' one body, then we must have help and wisdom that we ourselves can- % 

|- not supply. If we are to go our separate ways as did Paul and Barn- % 

abas, then we must have His grace and Spirit to make a just settle- J 
% ment of our affairs and part as Brethren and gentlemen. This may be O 
% the great crisis of the Brethren movement. %. 

1 2. Pray definitely for the Southeastern Bible Conference, to be held by % 

a group of our churches in that district, that a great spiritual uplift ¥ 
.?: shall come to them all through this meeting. There has long been a O 

1 real need for such a conference in that section. They are planning to 

have Professor McClain, and several others of our men, and an out- 

1 side speaker also. The Conference will be held at Covington, Virginia. 
^ Pray that this shall grow into a great movement for the Glory of Our % 
V Father God in that country. j* 

3. Do not fail to pray for the special meetings to be held in a tent on 'I' 

1 the new site of the First Brethren Church of Philadelphia. The second 1; 
§ and third weeks of July are set for these meetings. Professor McClain % 
I and the editor of the Herald will be speaking at these meetings. Pray % 
O that many may be saved and that the section in which the new church t 



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will be built shall learn through these sei-vices that the Brethren 
Church stands for the truth of the whole gospel, and raise up many 
friends. 

Now, praise Our Blessed Lord, for the wonderfully successful year 
He has granted to the work of the Brethren Home Missions Council. 
For the many souls that have been saved through the evangelistic 
campaigns held by the secretary. For the wonderful way in which the 
mission points have been growing. For the abundance with which He 
has supplied our financial needs so that we can close our year with all 
bills paid. And for the many new fields that are opening to us as open 
doors for the gospel. 



STUDENT LIFE VOLUNTEERS 

(Continued from page 15) 

you have truly accepted Christ as 
your Savior; if you are really ser- 
ious about His will in your life ; 
won't you go to your room alone 
right now and kneel down and ask 
God what He wants to do with your 
life? 

Now read this fine letter from a 
young man who will be a senior in 
College next year, and who plans to 
attend Grace Theological Seminary 
after graduation. He is a newly en- 
rolled Volunteer, and we are mighty 
proud of him. He is now preaching 
the gospel this summer in a needy 
community. He is working for the 
master and is also getting some 
very valuable training for his fu- 
ture life work in the ministry. His 
letter is a sample of many that 
come. Here it is: 

"Dear Brother Ashman, 

Truly your letter was so warm and 
friendly that I feel as if I also know 
you. No matter if you are a stranger, 
we have a tie that binds and I thank 
God for that. Really the Lord has 
blessed us in that we have thousands 
of friends that we haven't met yet. 
As we are bo'h members of the same 
denomination I am sure that we will 
meet in the near future. The Lord 
only knows how things will turn out, 
but I am sure that blessings that we 
never dream of are around the cor- 
ner. 

I'll never cease to thank God for 
saving me. Some say there is noth- 
ing to salvation but my heart tells 
me differently. Besides that, I have 
'had too many prayers answered, and 



too a great change has taken place in 
my life, for me to doubt it. The bless- 
ing of leading just one soul to Christ 
is worth more, abundantly more, than 
all the world can give. Now I am 
praying that my cup of joy might 
bubble over and that the overflow 
might hide the vessel. 

It won't be long until school will be 
out, and I'm sure that you have not 
forgotten how one feels at that time. 
Final exams are two weeks hence but 
we can always look farther ahead 
where the fields,white with harvest, 
lay. I don't think that I have ever 
felt so eager to preach the gospel, 
ar.d can hardly wait for the starting 
gun! So many need Christ, and Oh, 
so few to tell them. I hope <.o have a 
church, or hold meetings th.b sum- 
mer, but in the meantime — if you 
have time — I would like co iiear from 
you. 

In Jesus, 



P. S. Who knows — some uay I may 
be holding a meeting for you! There 
is a great field for an Evangelist. 

This young man's letter reflects 
the heart and spirit of the Brethran 
Student Life Volunteers. We could 
publish many more that would 
thrill your heart with joy at the 
spirit that fills the hearts of many 
of our young people. 

We now present a picture of 
Charles R. Sumey, a young man 
who is a member of the First Breth- 
ren Church of Uniontown, Penna. 
He is already a Volunteer, and 
plans to enter the Philadelphia 
School of the Bible this fall. He 
writes that he is now "Sailing for 



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I HERE IS A FINE IDEA | 

= While glancing through some church bulletins that lay on my = 

= desk after returning from a trip east, we ran across one from = 

= Brother Frank Coleman Jr.'s Allentown, Penna. In it we read = 

= this interesting announcement: = 

^E "Hereafter you may use your duplex envelopes for missioRiary ^= 

^S giving entirely. During seven months of the year from December ^E 

^^ to June your gifts will be credited to you in the Easter Offering ^= 

S^ for Foreign Missions. During the five months from July to Novem- ^E 

SS ber, inclusive, your gift will be credited to you in the Thanksgiving ^= 

^S offering." (Bold face ours). ^E 

= Now that is an idea for all churches that use the duplex en- = 

= velopes with one side for Missions and the other for local church = 

= needs. The accumulation of small weekly gifts far exceeds just = 

= one effort to make a sizeable gift at one time. No matter how = 

= strong an appeal is made at one time, the people can only give = 

= so much in any offering. Let them give a small amount weekly = 

= and your offerings will double and treble. Brother Coleman has = 

= a great idea, and one that has always proven successful. = 

= IF YOU CANT USE THE WEEKLY ENVELOPES, THEN = 

= SEND FOR THE COIN COLLECTORS AT ONCE AND = 

= GET THEM WORKING AMONG YOUR PEOPLE. = 

III 



Christ" instead of for the world. He f 
is a young man of real promise, and = 
his pastor has high hopes for him \ 
in the Lord's service. Already, the •• 
responses reveal that the Brethren •' 
Student Life Volunteer movement • 
is destined to bring about che great- ,^^ 
est power for spreading the gospel 
hidden away in the hearts of our 
young people yet known. 

This is why the young people's 
conference at Bethany Camp dur- 
ing- the last week of August is cer- 
tain to be most important and far 
reaching. God Himself alone knows 
all that will be accomplished Ihere 
for His glory. 

Young people, read the announce- 
ment on the back cover of this is- 
sue of the Herald and see if God 
would not have you share the bless- 
ings, the inspiration, the fellowship 
of this wonderful meeting. Better 
be there! 




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WINCHESTER, VA. 

(Continued from page 13) 

writer preached in the special meet- 
ing in the tent for four weeks. This 
year we had Brother R. Paul Miller 
for three weeks. His coming has 
been a blessing to the people. 
Homes have been changed and 
men's hearts given to the Lord. 
Brother Herman Koontz was our 
speaker for the Bible Conference 
last Fall. He preached for one week 
and brought powerful Bible mes- 
sages designed to build up men in 
the faith. 

The readers will be glad to know 
that our mission offerings have 
multiplied by six in two years. Our 
Home mission offering was 203 dol- 
lars and the foreign offering was 
236 dollars. All of the finances are 
handled on a budget basis. One 
year ago we decided to increase 
over the year past by 10 per cent. 
That would have brought the 
amount of finances raised to 1,650 
dollars. Even though our final re- 
port is not ready I feel confident 
that it has gone as far as 22 or 24 
hundred dollars. 

The church has sponsored a city 
wide Bible class. We call the school 
The Winchester School of the Bi- 
ble. We only had 17 when we start- 
ed. Attractive diplomas were prom- 
ised and a requirement of 80 per- 
cent attendance expected for the 
diploma. No examinations were 
given and an effort was made to 
get more out to hear the lectures. 
We secured the help of a Doctor in 
the city who is fundamental and 
loves the Lord. He has read widely 
on prophetic subjects and was will- 
ing to teach the Books of Daniel 
and Revelation. The writer taught 
Systematic Theology or more speci- 
fically the doctrine of God. Inter- 
est kept up until at the close we had 
95 persons in the class. There were 
72 diplomas granted on that night. 




Norman H. Uphouse 

We had an excellent Daily Vaca- 
tion Bible School last year and plan 
for another this year. All of our C. 
E. societies are thriving. We do not 
find it hard to have an ?dult society. 
Rather the people come regularly 
and take part in the meeting. 

If you have visited the church, 
you will remember that we have a 
small building and few accommoda- 
tions for a large group of people. 
We have felt the need for some im- 
provements that would provide for 
rest rooms and also a new front 
porch. Within the last month we 
have built a large porch, sinking the 
foundation walls deep enough to 
make two large rest rooms beneath 
the steps. This improvement was 
done at a low cost as much of the 
work was volunteer work. 

The future of the church is 
bright. We are happily located in a 
growing community and the people 
about us are beginning to see that 
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as the only means of salvation. 
Fundamental and Biblical people 
are looking to us in a special way. 
In some cases modernism has crept 
in large city churches and those 
who are better informed are grad- 
ually coming our way to worship 
with us. Already our preaching 
service has 20 to 40 visitors every 
Sunday night. 



GLENDALE GLEANINGS 

Greetings from Glendale, Cali- 
fornia and from the pastor and con- 
gregation of your own mission 
church. Glendale is a beautiful city 




of 77,000 people and has been called 
the "Sleeping Porch of Los Ange- 
les" because so many of our people 
residing here earn their livelihood 
in the business and industrial dis- 
tricts of the city proper. Glendale 
is a vital part of one of the greatest 
metropolitan centers in the world 
and so we have a great responsibil- 
ity in these last days to give the 
Gospel in all its purity and power to 
the thousands upon thousands of 



lost men and women all about us. 
We thank God for each one of you 
who by self-denial and sacrifice are 
making possible the establishment 
of Mission Churches in these needy 
fields. 

It was on Sunday, the 25th of 
September, 1938 that I assumed the 
duties of pastor following the resig- 
nation of Elder Donald Carter who 
had been called to the First Breth- 
ren Church of Lavern, California. 
The Lord has richly blessed our 
ministry and 33 precious souls have 
been added to the church since that 
time. Our mid-week prayer meet- 
ings have proven to be a source of 
great power and are exceptionally 
well attended in fact all of the ser- 
vices of the church and its auxiliar- 
ies are well supported and we have 
the joy of seeing new faces in the 
congregation in most of the ser- 
vices. 

Each Thursday morning at ten 
o'clock from 15 to 20 of the ladies 
of the church together with the 
pastor meet for prayer. The Word 
is read and commented upon; pray- 
er requests are received and then a 
real refreshing hour is spent in 
prayer. This has proven to be a real 
source of power and victory not 
only in our individual lives but for 
the church at large. Following the 
prayer meeting we go to one of the 
homes where our Brethren Wo- 
men's Bible Cl?,ss is scheduled to 
meet. There a delightful luncheon 
is served by the hostess and two co- 
hostesses. This hour of fellowship 
is followed by an hour's Bible Class 
taught by the pastor of the church. 
At the present time we are study- 
ing the Book of Genesis. Mimeo- 
graph lesson sheets are prepared 
and we have as many as 25 ladies 
present for this class. After the 
class, those who wish, go out in 
teams to spend the remainder of the 
afternoon in calling. This class and 
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any man be in Christ, he is a new around the neck, and drag it 

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GLENDALE 

(Continued from page 22) 

prayer meeting has certainly prov- 
en to be a great blessing to the 
church. 

We have enjoyed some wonderful 
ly fine Bible conferences and such 
men as Dr. J. C. Beal, Rev. Jacob 
Bernheim, Dr. E. J. Pace, The Mas- 
son Bell Ringers, our own mission- 
aries from South America and Afri- 
ca have all had their part in build- 
ing a fine spiritual program of this 
church. 

We are praying and striving to- 
ward ihat day in the near future 
when we can be independent of your 
help as a people in order that your 
missionary dollar may be used to 
establish some new work in a new 
field where people are in great need 
of the Gospel. We thank you for 
your prayer in the past and ask for 
your continued prayer in the future 
that God may bless us and magnify 
our testimony to the salvation of 
many precious souls. 

Yours In His Name, 

George M. Richardson. 



CONTEMPLATING THE CROSS 

(Continued from page 8) 
Jesus Christ hung upon the Cross, 
satanically inspired men called to 
Him: "Come down from the Cross 
and we will believe in you!" They 
knew not what thev said I 



''If from the Cross He had come 

down, 
How strange it would have been, 
To see the Christ with awful frown 
Scatter His foes obscene. 

The Pharisees had cowered then, 
Nor any fresh sign craved 
From the acknowledged King of 
Men— 

But would we have been saved?" 

No ! Our Lord was there to pay the 
price of redemption, and the price 
of redemption was the precious 
blood of Christ. There is no price to 
equal it. God pity the men who talk 
of being saved by their own person- 
al righteousness I If good works or 
character could save, Christ by good 
works and by character would have 
paid the price. But no! "What can 
wash away my sin? Nothing but 
the blood of Jesus!" 

Sinner, upon the Cross of Jesus 
Christ, what dost thou behold? 

In the corner of a park at Fifth 
and Hill Streets, Los Angeles, we 
saw a cannon that had been captur- 
ed from Spain in the Spanish- 
American war. This cannon had 
been through the wars of Napole- 
on. Back on the butt of this can- 
non, in molded letters of iron, is the 
Latin inscriptions: "Ultima i"atio 
regum"! That means — "The last 
argument of Kings!" — How true it 

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people", when he hmiself has undoubtedly been one of the M"orst enemies 
of true democracy of this generation. 

Dictatorships are a sign of the advance of unbelief. They are the natur- 
al product of the infidelity among the people. It is men like Dr. Fosdick 
and the ever increasing number of ministers in Protestant pulpits every- 
where who are doing more to produce unbelief and bring about the break- 
down of democracy and open the doors to Dictatorship than any other set 
of men. Such ministers who reject the authority of the Scriptures as the 
word of God, the substitutionary atonement of Christ, the Deity of Jesus 
Christ, the utterly lost and undone condition of every soul before God, 
and the absolute necessity of faith in and dependence upon Jesus Christ 
alone as the only hope of any man ever being accepted by God, are doing 
more to undermine democracy than all other forces in the world ! To hear 
a man like this, who champions the cause of Communism along with others 
like Bishop McConnell, Dr. Frank Ward, and others of their ilk, who drags 
it into his theological seminary and drills his young men in it before they 
enter the ministry; we say, that to hear such a man now wail at the de- 
cay of democracy is surprising indeed. 

THE Liberty, true liberty, is the product of the influence of 

GOSPEL THE the gospel of Christ. Christ is the first One to teach to 
FOUNDATION the world the value of human life in the sight of God. 
OF LIBERTY Only where the gospel has been generally accepted as 
the standard of right have free speech, free press, free 
enterprise, self government, and freedom of worship been granted to man. 
These priceless privileges can only be appreciated and maintained by a 
people who fear God and commit themselves to that voluntary restraint as 
directed by the gospel. Only thus can the iron hand of a Dictator be un- 
necessary. Only a people who are subject to the will of God and yield to 
the direction of his Spirit can institute and maintain a permanent dem- 
ocracy. Onlj^ such people can maintain conduct that will not destroy them- 
selves. Fear of God, or force, are the only two ways known to man for 
human control. The spirit of unbelief is the spirit of lawlessness and will 
violate every right belonging to one's fellowmen. This makes some form 
of Dictatorship utterly necessary in order to maintain government. Re- 
jection of Christ is the first step that leads to the loss of every benefit 
that contributes to the soul's happiness. It despises the will of God, the 
source of all blessing and leads directly to the final submission to Anti- 
Christ and the eternal enduring of all miseries. 

The downfall of true democracy did not begin in political plotting and 
economic ambitions of nations. It began when unbelief crept into the pul- 
pit and was preached to the people. That is where it started in Europe, 
and that is where it began in America. 

Given a nation of people who love and yield themselves to Christ and 
His Blessed Spirit, and you will not have democracy, but a Theocracy, 
which is a thousand fold better. Democracy is not God's form of govern- 
ment. His form is Despotism, a despotism ruled by His love. His people 
know true liberty because they have yielded to His will and therefore are 
free! If the son shall set you free, "ye shall be free indeed." Free to enjoy 
all the fullness of the liberty of the Sons of God, for "All things are yours" 
saith the apostle Paul. This is liberty, true liberty. 



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CONTEMPLATING THE CROSS 

(Continued from page 24) 

is that when Kings cannot settle 
their disputes by word or pen, when 
reason is dethroned, cannon be- 
comes their last argument. Cannon 
is the "Ultima Ratio Regum". But, 
listen sinner! Jesus Christ is the 
"Ultima Ratio Reum"! That is, Je- 
sus Christ is the last argument of 
God! Shall the last solemn fiat of 
God, nailed upon yonder Cross, fail 
to convince you of the need of a Sa- 
vior? If so, then the last argument 
of God is spent and His eternal 
wrath abides upon you forever! 
There is no other way — no other 
course ! What is your answer to the 
last argument of God tonight? 



I THOUGHT I WAS SAVED 

(Continued from page 23) 

ationists," claiming water baptism 
is essential to salvation. The 
Bible tells us that baptism is 
a symbol of the salvation we re- 
ceived the minute we believed. The 
blood of Christ, and not water, 
washes away our sins. A person 
could join a dozen churches and be 
baptized a dozen times in as many 
different ways, and yet go to Hell. 
Unless his heart was right with 
God, he would merely be the chaff 
in the church which the Lord would 
separate from the true wheat in the 
day of judgment. 
The World's Greatest Counterfeiter 

God puts into a man's heart the 
desire to be saved and go to Heav- 
en. Then the devil comes along and 
tries to encourage the man to at- 
tain to his spiritual desires by hu- 
man methods. He imitates God's 
plan and offers to get you to 
Heaven by a short-cut only to drag 
you in your blindness down to hell. 

Reformation will not save any 
man. Good resolutions to live a holy 
life, even if carried out, will not 



cleanse one from sin. "Ye must be 
born again". Reformation is the 
work of man; regeneration is the 
work of God. Reformation aims to 
earn salvation by our own efforts; 
regeneration is due to the gracious 
operation of the Holy Spirit. Refor- 
mation is external; regeneration is 
internal. Reformation is the turn- 
ing over of a new leaf; regeneration 
is the beginning of a new life. In 
short, regeneration is God's method 
of salvation; reformation is the 
devil's substitute. 

Painting the pump will not puri- 
fy the water. White-washing the 
pig pen will not cleanse it from 
filth. Putting an innocent label on 
a bottle of poison will not change 
the contents. Changing " the leop- 
ard's spots will not make it harm- 
less. A new suit of clothes does not 
make a man respectable. Education 
does not eliminate one's sinful na- 
ture. Reformation will never take 
any man to heaven. The tragedy is 
that many church members who 
have never experienced the joys of 
the new-birth, are blindly trusting 
in their man-made righteousness to 
save them, and will wake up in hell 
some day, for in God's sight "their 
own righteousness is as filthy 
rags." 

Suppose some cold morning you 
should go into a neighbor's house 
and find him busy at work on his 
windows, scratching away, and 
should ask him what he was up to, 
and he should reply, "Why, I am 
trying to remove the frost; but as 
fast as I get it off one square it 
comes on another." You would re- 
ply, "Why, man, let your windows 
alone and kindle your fire, and the 
frost will soon come off." Have you 
not seen people who try to break off 
their bad habits one after another 
without avail? Well, they are like 
the man who tried to scratch the 
frost from his windows. Let the 
fire of love to God and man, kindled 



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at the altar of prayer, burn in their 
hearts through regeneration, and 
the bad habits will soon melt away. 
Oh how long will it take us to learn 
that true religion comes from the 
heart, and that though man may 
change the outside, only God can 
transform the inside? Have you 
been transformed? Has God made 
you a new creature? Have you 
been born-again? If not, why not 
confess your sins and come to Him 
now? 
How Good Must One Be To Go To 

Heaven? 

A preacher asked a negro porter, 
"How good must one be to go to 
heaven? It sounded simple and in- 
nocent. He replied, "Sir, one must 
be pow'ful good to go to heaven." 
"But", asked the preacher, "just 
how good must one be to go to 
heaven?" He could only think of 
the same answer. Tlie preacher 
then asked, "Do you really know 
how good one must be to go to 
heaven?" He confessed he had no 
knowledge of such a goodness. 
Could you answer any better than 
he? It is an important question be- 
cause it means the loss or gain of 
heaven and its glories. 

Now I want to ask my readers 
another question. Just who deter- 
mines the degree of goodness neces- 
sary to enter heaven? Two offers 
are made. Man goes about to set up 
his own standard of goodness, hop- 
ing his own righteousness will be 
good enough. Years ago God set up 
a standard that is as perfect as His 
own character. God has a right to 
expect a certain goodness for His 
heaven. He has a right to lay down 
the laws and principles which shall 
determine which sort of people are 
going to share heaven and its bliss 
with Him. Man's standard of good- 
ness and God's standard of goodness 
are at varience. Man wants his way. 
God must have His way. Man act- 
ually has no goodness to present. 



"By the deeds of the law there shall 
no flesh be justified in his sight." — 
Romans 3:20. To be good enough 
to go to heaven one must be as good 
as the Lord Jesus Christ! You can 
never be that good of yourself. 
Therefore the only way you will get 
to heaven is for that goodness to 
be GIVEN to you. That is just 
what Christ offers you! "Now then 
vce are ambassadors for Christ, as 
though God did beseech you by us, 
we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye 
reconciled to God. For he hath made 
him to be sin for us, who knew no 
sin, that we might be made the 
righteousness of God in him." — 2 
Corinthians 5:20, 21. The plan of 
salvation is simple. Confess your 
sins and accept Jesus Christ as 
your Savior and you become good 
enough for heaven! Will vou do it 
today? Now? 



GOVERNMENT TODAY 

(Continued from page 12) 

Psalmist is here making note of the 
fact that the people are imagining a 
vain thing and the rulers are taking 
counsel against the Lord and His 
Christ, all of which are the fruits of 
unregenerate, savage nature. 

Keeping in mind the fact that a 
nature produces a creed like the na- 
ture, let us analyze some of the 
creeds of world governments today. 
Since the very essence of the nature 
of wild beasts is selfishness, we may 
expect to find that the root of the 
creed of every world government in- 
cludes this and in some way pro- 
vides for its political expression. 
Moreover, we may further expect to 
find that this selfishness will in 
some way manifest its hatred of the 
Lord and His Christ, just as the 
Psalmist declared. 

Among world governments today 
that take prominence in our think- 
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ly, Japan ?nd some few others, each 
possessing a pohtical creed that 
properly represents their nature, 
and provides the basis for their poh- 
tical operations. For instance, in 
Russia the political creed is com- 
munism, the very heart of which is 
an attack upon God, the plan being 
to spread atheism over the entire 
earth. In Germany the creed is 
Naziism, which holds that Germany 
is for Germans and the pagan faith. 
Hence, away with Jews and the 
Jewish Bible. Thus it can be easily 
seen that this too is ultimately 
against the Lord and His Christ. 
Then in Italy the Creed is Fascism 
which likewise holds that Italy is for 
the Italians, but even more than 
that, — the world is for the Italians, 
therefore a greater Italy. Anyone 
can see that this creed too is with- 
out regard for God. It need hardly 
be said here that Shintoism, which 
is the religious as well as the poli- 
tical creed of Japan, is pagan and 
sees only the selfish expansion of 
Japan beyond her own borders. Then 
it may also be said that what is true 
of the creeds of these nations is 
likewise true of all nations. 

This leads the Christian to won- 
der what may happen in the govern- 
ment of the United States. And in 
answer to this, one should be re- 
minded that our government is just 
another one of the governments of 
this world, and like all the rest pos- 
sesses a beast-like nature. While up 



to the present the beast has shown 
a peaceful disposition, there has 
nevertheless been manifestations 
that the wild, untamed nature is 
there, and when we least expect it, 
it will break forth in all of its wild, 
savage violence. Within recent years 
there has been a movement away 
from the Christianity of the found- 
ers and a movement in the direction 
of unbelief. And it can only be ex- 
pected that sooner or later the sav- 
age, unregenerate nature which it 
possesses will show itself. 

It need only be said here in pass- 
ing that nature and creed form the 
two sources from which the wild, 
uncontrolled, savage violence of the 
nations proceed. The nature sup- 
plies the moral source, and creed 
supplies the intellectual source of 
political operations. And just as we 
have seen persecution of the faith 
and the faithful proceeding from 
these two sources in other lands, we 
may expect that eventually such 
will be the experience in this land of 
ours. In view of these things, what 
is the responsibility of the Chris- 
tian ? 

In the last place, let us note the 
RELATION of the Christian to 
world governments as set forth in 
the word of God. 

First, there are some facts con- 
cerning w^orld government which 
the Christian should recognize. He 
should recognize that world govern- 



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Woodstock, Va. (M.T.) 


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Respectfully submitted, 

R. Paul Miller, Secretary. 



July, 1939 

ment belongs to an order which is 
evil, for the apostle John says : "For 
all that is in the world .... is not of 
the Father, but is of the world" 
(I Jn. 2:16). He should also recog- 
nize that world goverment belongs 
to a passing order. Here again 
John says: "And the world passeth 
away and the lust thereof" (I Jn. 2 : 
17) . And yet again, he should recog- 
nize that world government shall 
come into a period of judgment into 
which the Christian shall never 
come, for the promise is to the 
Christian that "because thou hast 
kept the word of my patience, I also 
will keep thee from the hour of 
temptation, which shall come upon 
all the world, to try them that dwell 
upon the earth" (Rev. 3:10). 

Second, in view of these facts, 
there is a certain responsibility that 
rests upon every Christian. In the 
first place, since world governments 
belong to an evil order, the Christian 
should "Love not the world, neither 
the things in the world" (I John 2: 
15). For in loving the world or any- 
thing in the world is an evidence 
that such a Christian is merely a 
professed Christian. And how im- 
portant it is at the present time for 
every Christian to realize that his 
love should not be set upon any form 
of government. With government 
everywhere now showing the evil 
nature which lies underneath what 
used to appear as lamb-like exterior, 
there is more reason than ever for 
the Christian not to set his loves and 
his hopes upon them. 

Then in the second place, in view 
of the passing character of world 
governments, the Christian should 
be doing the will of God. And the 
will of God for the believer is not 
only that of being separated from 
the world, but the propagation of 
the Word of God that by some 
means some might be saved out of 
the world (I John 2:17). One of 
these days, "The kingdoms of this 
world" will "become the kingdoms 



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of our Lord and of His Christ; and 
he shall reign forever and ever" 
(Rev. 11:15). And all those men 
and women who make up the pre- 
sent kingdoms of the world and who 
know not Christ will perish. There- 
fore, it is necessary for the believer 
to be about the task of witnessing in 
order that some might be saved. 

And finally, in view of the fact 
that the Christian must now go 
through trial, but will be saved from 
the hour of awful trial to come upon 
the whole world, he should be 
patient and longsuffering toward 
the world that as much fruit as pos- 
sible may be gathered in the har- 
vest. James has that very thing in 
mind when he counsels oppressed 
brethren to "be patient therefore, 
brethren, unto the coming of the 
Lord" (Jas. 5:7). He has in mind 
the fact that it is the prerogative of 
the Lord to execute judgment, and 
the reason He now withholds judg- 
ment is that every effort may be ex- 
pended to bring the news of salva- 
tion to lost men. The great husband- 
man looks to the harvest of souls, 
as should the Christian likewise 
(.Jas. 5:7). 



ACROSS THE NATION 

(Continued from page 10) 

will call for a minimum of 1200 em- 
ployees about half men and the 
other half women. They will draw 
from other silk mills in the state. 
Some of our people in other places 
are already planning to go there to 
get work. This field offers an op- 
portunity on the same order as that 
which we found at Covington four 
years ago when we started there. 
Brother Bernard Schneider, and 
Brother Herman Koontz will work 
together to get the first lineup of 
people and to start the first Bible 
Class this summer. They are both 
experienced men at this work, and 
familiar with the needs. We look 
for real progress in this field soon. 



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FRONT This swiftlv growing 
ROYAL IS little city in Virginia, 
ANOTHER just twenty miles from 
Winchester, presents 
another fine opportunity to the 
Brethren Church. With a popula- 
tion of 4000 and only five churches 
now there, and with a huge silk mill 
now being erected there by the Vis- 
cose Corporation, and a promise of 
3,500 to 5,000 employees to be hired 
when the plant starts up about the 
month of September, this is no 
small door and is opened to us. We 
have members in our Covington 
and Roanoke churches that are now 
working in the silk mills there, and 
some of these will be moving to the 
new works at Front Royal. With 
these as a nucleus, we will start a 
new Brethren Church as swiftly as 
possible. This field presents an- 
other field much after the order of 
Covington. In previous years we 
have been slow to enter new fields 
such as this, preferring to wait to 
see how things turn out. Finally 
we would enter after others had 
taken the field. The Brethren 
Church was among the first religi- 
ous bodies to come to America two 
hundred years ago. We should 
have become the leading church of 
the land, but we lost our opportun- 
ities due to a characteristic disHke 
of working in cities. May we no 
longer lose opportunities that the 
Lord holds out to us. We purpose 
to plant new churches holding and 
teaching the Whole Word of God as 
swiftly and efficiently as possible 
till our Lord returns. Prav for this 
new field at Front Roval. 



GREEN After making our 

MOUNTAIN survey of Front Roy- 

CAMP al, we drove around 

through Fort Valley 

to see the site of the new camp that 



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Brother Uphouse has purchased 
with a view of making it a young 
peoples camp for this section of Vir- 
ginia. Brother Bernard Schneider, 
Herman Koontz, Homer Kent, Ar- 
thur Malles, and J. E. Patterson are 
now going together with him to 
make this camp a real success. The 
camp site is about forty miles from 
Winchester, and just a few miles 
from our Trinity Church. There 
are fifty acres in the plot. It is 
abundantly supplied with water 
from springs and a good sized 
stream which runs through the 
property. There are plans for a 
swimming pool, pavillion, kitchen, 
dining hall, cabins, social hall, and 
other features. One cabin has al- 
ready been erected that will house 
eight boys. Within the next few 
weeks several more cabins will be 
erected. A tent will be set up for a 
kitchen, more brush will be cleared 
away, and a real camp will begin to 
emerge. Brother Schneider is plan- 
ing to bring a group of capable men 
from Covington for a few days to 
erect cabins. A number of men 
from the Winchester Church are 
also going up to get things ready 
for the opening of the Camp the 
first week in August. 

The young people have been 
using Bethel Camp down near 
Roanoke in the past. Now that this 
new camp is getting under way as a 
real Brethren Camp, all will be 
brought to this camp next year. 
This year only Intermediates will 
be brought to Green Mountain 
Camp because of lack of enough ac- 
commodations for all the young 
folks who come. Last year nearly 
one hundred Brethren young people 
were in the camp at Bethel we un- 
derstand. The cost of this new 
camp will be $1.00 per day plus 50c 
registration fee. When we know of 
so many other camps that charge 
$12.00 a week, we surely appreciate 
the fine work these men are doing 



July, 1939 



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in providing this camp. Personally 
we look forward to the day when 
there will be a real Bible Conference 
tield annually on this ground for the 
Brethren Churches of Virginia. 
There is no doubt that there is a 
group of Brethren preachers in the 
State of Virginia who are doing 
great things for God. 



WHAT WE Since our meeting 
SAW AND at Winchester closed 
HEARD a few days before the 
date for the South- 
eastern District Conference, we 
were urged to remain for it. In 
fact, it was not hard to get us to re- 
main, for we love the people and the 
country in old Virginia. We found 
that this proved to be the largest 
conference in point of delegates, on 
record. Since this was the first dis- 
trict conference that we have been 
privileged to attend for some time, 
we were interested to observe the 
spirit and program that would be 
followed in such a time as this. The 
conference had hardly gotten start- 
ed before we saw a young minister 
who had just graduated from Grace 
Theological Seminary, rejected as a 
minister in this district because he 
had been ordained in a Brethren 
Church, and by Brethren ministers 
who had entered the new Ohio Dis- 
trict Conference. Then in the busi- 
ness meetings that followed we ob- 
served the manner in which an or- 
ganized movement mechanically 
swept every officer and committee 
member and board member, who 
was sympathetic with Grace Theo- 
logical Seminary, completely out of 
office. We also heard a paper read 
at the ministers' meeting setting 
forth baptismal regeneration as the 
historic Brethren teaching. We 
heard the paper challenged by a 
young minister who did not agree. 



and then we saw that which prom- 
ised to be a very profitable debate 
suddenly cut off five minutes ahead 
of time for some reason. 



A NEW On Wednesday 

BIBLE evening of the con- 

CONFERENCE f e r e n c e we saw 
74 delegates of 
the Southeastern District Confer- 
ence gather at the Massanetta Bi- 
ble Conference pavilion and organ- 
ize a new Conference dedicated to 
the teaching of the Word of God. 
The feeling that their delegates 
were suffering from lack of spirit- 
ual benefit from the District Con- 
ference sessions led several of the 
ministers of the District to unite in 
forming this new conference. This 
Conference is not designed to dis- 
place the District Conference in any 
way. Its purpose is to provide rich, 
strong and true teaching of the 
Word of God for the members of 
the Brethren Churches throughout 
the Southeastern District. The first 
meeting was charged with a won- 
derful spirit of joy and praise and 
unity. A fine offering was lifted 
with which to start the new work 
off. The pastor at Covington, Vir- 
ginia, invited the Conference to his 
church for their first meeting. His 
invitation was heartily given and as 
heartily accepted. The first meet- 
ing will be held in Covington, Vir- 
ginia, at the Brethren Church on 
Julv 25th, 26th, 27th. Dr. A. J. 
McClain, Dr. J. C. Beal, and others 
are expected to have part on the 
program. There is a great anticipa- 
tion among the people for a mighty 
blessing in this new testimony for 
the Lord among and for His people. 
We are persuaded that the Spirit of 
the Lord is mightily working 
among the Brethren people for a 
great spiritual movement ahead. 



ON ON TO WINONA 

AND BETHANY CAMP! 

: " Headqiiarters for 

GRACE SEMINARY 

See The Seminary's New Home 

■ BRETHREN HOME MISSIONS COUNCIL 

Meet The Home Mission Pastors and The Secretary. Hear their 
Thrilling Stories of This Past Year's Work ! 

BRETHREN STUDENT LIFE VOLUNTEERS 

You Must See These Volunteers For Christ and His Church. 

Our Future Leaders 

Christian Endeavor S. M.M. Boys Work 

National Conference Week Aug*. 28 Sept. 4 

REMEMBER THOSE GREAT RALLIES OF LAST YEAR AND THE 
YEAR BEFORE? HOW COULD WE FORGET! WELL, THIS YEAR, 
BIGGER AND BETTER, YOU MAY BE SURE! KNOW WHAT GOD 
IS DOING FOR THE BRETHREN CHURCH — HISTORY IS BEING 
MADE IN OUR CHURCH ACTIVITIES— THE BEST WAY TO KNOW, 
IS TO ATTEND THESE ORGANIZATION MEETINGS! PLAN NOW 
TO COME! ENJOY CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP IN THESE MEET- 
INGS — RALLIES — CAMP FIRES — AND BANQUETS. 

LEO POLMAN, Camp Director. 

(Some Room Reservations are yet available in the Lodge and Cabins. 
Write for further information to Director — 4007 Tacoma Ave., Fort 
Wayne, Ind.) 



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"IF " 

// you can trust ivhen everyone about you 

Is doubting Him, jrroclaiming Him untrue; 
If you can ho2>e in Christ, tho' all forsake you 

And say 'tis not the thing for you to do; 
If you can wait on God, nor wish to hurry, 

Or, being greatly used, keep humble still; 
Or if yoiCre tested, still refuse to ivorry, 

And so remain witltin His sovereign will; 
If you can say 'tis well, when sorrow greets you, 

And death has taken those you hold most dear; 
If you can smile whe^i adverse trials meet you, 

And be content e'en tho' your lot be drear; 

Or being tempted, not give way to sin; ' 

// yo2i can be reviled and never murmur, 
If you can fight for right and stand the firmer, 

Or lose the battle when you otight to ^vin — 

// you can really long for His appearing, 

And therefore set your heart on things above; 
If you can speak for Christ in spite of sneering, 

Or to the most unlovely one show love; 
If you can hear the call of God to labour, 

And answer, "Yes" in yieldedness and trust, 
'And go to tell the story of the Saviour 

To souls in darkness o'er the desert dust. 
If you can pray ivhen Satan's darts are strongest, 

And take the road of faith instead of sight; 
Or walk with God, e'en tho' His way be longest. 

And swerve not to the left nor to the right; 
If you desire Himself alone to fill you. 

For Him alone you care to live and be; 
Then 'tis not you, hut CHRIST Who divelleth in you, 

And that, child of God, is victory! 

— Anonvmous 



AUGUST, 1939 



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BRETHREN HERALD 

Official organ of 

THE BRETHREN HOME MISSIONS COUNCIL 



Volume 1 No. 6 

Entered as second-class matter February 9, 1939, at the post office at Ashland. Ohio, 

under the Act of March 3, 1879. 

R. Paul Miller, editor 

Paul R. Bauman Roy A. Patterson 

associate editors 



LAST MINUTE BULLETIN 

Just as we are preparing to go to press with this issue of The Brethren Herald, 
we have received word that OVER ONE HUNDRED LIFE DECISIONS WERE 
MADE AT THE VOLUNTEER SERVICE AT BUCKEYE CAMP LAST WEEK ! 
The Spirit of God is surely sweeping through the young people of the Brethren 
Churches in these new districts. We havq never seen the time when young men .and 
women have felt the call of the Spirit of God to give themselves to preach the gospel 
both at home and in foreign lands, as we are witnessing today. Young people are 
realizing that the time is growing short, and the opportunity to preach the gospel 
may soon be taken from us. They are responding to the call of Christ to meet the is- 
sue in a magnificent way. This one great service of dedication has all but doubled 
our Volunteers. This is just a foretaste of what is in store for Brethren young people 
at their Bethany Camp meeting during National Conference. When these dedicated 
young pople reach thir fields of service the Whole Gospel will experience the greatest 
spread that it has ever had in America. Praise the Lord! 



CONTENTS 

The Jews — Will Hitler Exterminate Brethren Student Life Volunteers .... 12 

them ? 3 Across the Nation with Our Secretary 19 

The Observer 5 Our "Unceasing Prayer" Band 22 

The Precious Blood of Christ 7 Around the Council Table 23 

Christ for America 9 Financial Report 31 

Home Missions Council Program .... 11 Indiana Brethren Bible Conference . . 32 



11 The Herald is published monthly at the office of The Brethren Publishing Co., 

I 324 Orange Street, Ashland, Ohio, by The Brethren Home Missions Council, 
I Berne, Indiana. 

I Subscription rate, fifty cents per year. Those who give five dollars or more 

I per year to the work of the Brethren Home Missions Council will receive this 
magazine regularly. Fifty cents each is deducted from such gifts to defray 

I cost of the magazine. Changes of address should be sent to our office thirty 

I days before they are made to avoid loss of copies. 

I 



August, 1939 



THE JEWS 

Will Hitler Exterminate Them? 



Oscar Wago, Missionary to the Jews 



Not a day passes without reports 
of troubling news from Germany, 
and hardly any that do not have 
some connection with the Jewish peo- 
ple of that country. Once more the 
Jews have become the target of the 
Gentiles, and Gentile hate and Gen- 
tile sword have entered keenly into 
the soul of this people. One cannot 
help asking why? One cannot help 
crying out, "How long oh Lord, how 
long? 

Why does Hitler, the present head 
of an intelligent and cultured nation 
hate and persecute a minority in 
their midst with such fierceness and 
beastliness? Is it Hitler who perse- 
cutes the Jews, or is he only an in- 
strument in the hands of Satan by 
permission of God? Will Hitler suc- 
ceed in the extermination of the 
Jews? These are questions which 
are asked by many people today, and 
I would not be able to answer un- 
less I turn to the only authority in 
all things, the Bible itself. 

To understand the present perse- 
cution of th Jews, clearly, we have 
to know first the reasons underly- 
ing this beastly movement, the plan 
of God with His Ancient People Is- 
rael. 

From God's own Word, in Genesis 
12:1-3 and also Deuteronomy 7:6-8, 
we know beyond the shadow of a 
doubt that God has chosen the Peo- 
ple of Israel to be a holy people un- 
to the Lord, a special people unto 
Himself above all people that are 



upon the face of the earth. God, 
who is sovereign, set His love on 
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and 
chose their seed after them (Deut. 
10:14-15) to be His peculiar pos- 
session. Why did God chose Israel? 
God had a three-fold plan with them. 
First, He chose them to make up 
His jewels (Mai. 3:17-18). Second, 
to show forth His praise (Isa. 43: 
21), and third, because it was the 
will of almighty God that this na- 
tion shall be the channel for the out- 
pouring of His blessings to all man- 
kind, through Christ Jesus our Lord 
(Gen. 12:3). 

We all know that the chosen na- 
tion, Israel, rejected their Messiah, 
and miserably failed as God's mis- 
sionaries to make known the knowl- 
edge of God to the Gentiles. So, God 
in His infinite wisdom set them 
aside, for a time, and "blindness in 
part is happened to Israel, until the 
fulness of the Gentiles be come in." 
(Rom.. 11:25) But has God cast 
away His people? God forbid! "God 
hath not cast away His people which 
he foreknew" (Rom. 11:2). He still 
loves His people with an everlasting 
love and His plan will be carried out 
in the fulness of time, and Israel will 
show forth His praise and will be 
His nation of missionaries to the 
world. In the meantime, as He for- 
told, they are scattered among hos- 
tile nations and are suffering from 
the treatment of the Gentiles as God 
described it so perfctly in Deuteron- 



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omy 28:64-67. They are suffering 
from the hatred of anti-semitism in- 
flicted upon them by Satan who 
Jiates everything that God loves, and 
Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin, as well 
as others of their kind are just tools 
in his hands. 

But will Hitler succeed in exterm- 
inating the Jews? No, a thousand 
times no! It is this people of whom 
God said through Isaiah 43 :2 "When 
thou passest through the waters, I 
will be with thee; and through the 
rivers, they shall not overflow thee : 
when thou walkest through the fire, 
thou shalt not be burned; neither 
shall the flame kindle upon thee." 

No human power, not even 
the power of Satan can anni- 
hilate the Chosen People of 
God, for He spoke through His 
prophet Jeremiah 31 :35-37, "Thus 
saith the Lord, which giveth the 
sun for a light by day, and the or- 
dinances of the moon and of the 
stars for a light by night which 
divideth the sea when the waves 
thereof roar ; The Lord of hosts is 
his name : If those ordinances de- 
part from before me, saith the Lord, 
then the seed of Israel also shall 
cease from being a nation before me 
forever. Thus saith the Lord; if 
heaven above can be masured, and 
the foundations of the earth search- 
ed out beneath, I will also cast off 
all the seed of Israel for all that they 
have done, saith the Lord." 

The nation of Israel awaits the 
return of our Blessed Lord Jesus 



Christ, who will save them and reign 
over them, and not only over the 
house of Jacob, but over the whole 
earth. At that time the plan of God 
will be fulfilled, even as it is writ- 
ten (Zech. 8:23), and Israel will 
truly become the missionaries of 
God till "the earth shall be full of 
the knowledge of the Lord, as the 
waters cover the sea" (Isa. 11:9). 

Sad as it sounds, the persecution 
of the Jews is not confined to the 
countries across the sea, but like 
creeping paralysis is now coming 
over to hitherto Jew-loving England 
and America also. We have hun- 
dreds of signs pointing to the fact 
that Jew-hatred will sweep this 
country, too, because of the vicious 
propaganda carried on by the Nazi, 
Facist, and Communistic nations. 

What shall we, as Christians, do 
in the face of this situation? Our du- 
ty is unmistakably described in the 
Word of God. Just as our Blessed 
Lord and Saviour, we have to "go 
to the lost sheep of the house of Is- 
rael" and bring to them the Gospel 
of Christ which is still the power of 
God unto salvation to every one that 
believeth; "to the Jew first, and al- 
so to the Gentile," and we have to 
"pray for the peace of Jerusalem," 
because this is the will of God. 

May God help us to do His will ! 

Any churches desiring to have 
Brother Wago to speak for them, 
may reach him at 912 So. Hague St., 
Columbus, 0. — (Editor). 



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Berae, Indiana. 



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as a gift to the work of 

the Council, in spreading the Gospel throughout America. 

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A A short time ago we received the report of an address 

REBEL IN given by a Seminary professor at the Ohio District Confer- 
THEOLOGY ence held at Ashland a couple of weeks ago. During the al- 
dress the professor is reported to have startled his hearers by saying, 

"I m a rebel in theology. As for the doctrine of 'eternal security,' 

or the perseverance of the saints, as it is sometimes called, I have 

dumped them overboard." 
We do not for one moment question the right of any man to change his 
views in theology. Further study has caused many of us to alter views 
once held, especially when those views have not involved basic tenets of 
the Christian faith. But when we see a man begin to take the apparently 
reckless attitude toward a doctrine which he vigorously taught and de- 
fended to the point where he will express himself as having ''dumped them 
overboard," we sort of feel sick. There is so much of this "dumping over- 
board" today in matters of faith that the spirit seems to have caught a 
lot of men in its mesh. It is an exceedingly dangerous attitude when one 
starts "dumping overboard" anything he once held firmly. He had better 
be very careful to see that his last study was more thorough than his 
first. Usually it is not. When we see so many forsaking things they once 
held and taught in order to gain some advantage with a certain advance in 
position or income, we wonder how deep ran the faith in the first place, and 
how soon other pressure brought to bear will result in "dumping over- 
board" more precious truths. We have often wondered why it has been so 
easy for some preachers who have championed the cause of Historic 
Brethren! sm, to forsake the Brethren Church and start sprinkling babies 
and adults and calling it baptism. What a list we have of them ! We won- 
der how deeply ran their convictions in the first place. A preacher who 
was a very close friend in years gone by in the Brethren Ministry took his 
first step in apostasy by "dumping" the doctrine of Our Lord's return. To- 
day he stands with the Modernists as a prominent leader. This is why it 
gives us chills to hear of a Brother who starts 'dumping' part of his faith. 



WHAT IS 
A LEGALIST? 



A legalist is one who depends upon law to gain his ends. 
A strategist is one who depends upon his wits to gain 
his ends. 
A moralist is one who depends upon himself to gain his ends. 
A Fundamentalist is one who depends upon Christ to gain his ends. 
We would like very much to be able to recall where we saw the above 
quadruplet of definitions, but we cannot now. However, we have never 
forgotten them. They may not be so detailed in their accuracy as one 
might wish, but nevertheless they hold pretty true to fact. We have been 



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receiving many inquiries through the mail and otherwise as to what the 
difference between a legalist and a Fundamentalist is, and how the terms 
may be rightly apphed to the situation within the Brethren Church today. 
There is a distinct cleavage of teaching within the Brethren Church to- 
day on the doctrine of salvation. One group, known as the Ashland Col- 
lege group holds that salvation can be had, not only by faith in Christ, but 
by faith in Christ plus obedience in baptism, and that without the act of 
baptism, salvation is impossible. The other group, known as the Grace 
Seminary group hold that salvation can be had solely and only upon the 
basis of utterly dependent faith on Jesus Christ alone, and nothing else. 
This group, while teaching triune immersion as an essential to member- 
ship in the Brethren Church, hold that this ordinance is not a condition of 
salvation, but is an act of faith, an evidence of true faith, "The ANSWER 
of a good conscience toward God." 

Any teaching that places salvation on the basis of faith in Christ plus 
any works of self-merit, whether baptism or anything else, can be truly 
termed legalism. This is just what the Galatians were doing and it drew 
the severest condemnation from the apostle Paul. In Galatians three he 
writes, 

"O, foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey 
the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ has manifestly been set forth, 
crucified before you? This only would I learn of you, 'Received ye the 
Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 'Are ye so 
foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the 
flesh ?" If any acceptance at all could have been had by the doing of works 
of obedience, why then should they accept Christ at all? "We are saved 
by grace through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, 
not of works lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2:8, 9. There is no 
such thing as "works of grace." The benefits of grace are only to be had on 
the basis of no merit at all. Nor is there any such thing as a "saving ordin- | 
ance." Ordinances are not for unbelievers to observe. They are given :cor | 
the saints alone to exercise. In the realm of economics the medium of 
purchase is money. In the realm of the Spirit the medium of purchase is 
self-merit. The Apostle Paul states plainly that the latter case is utterly 
impossible in regard to salvation. "Not of works, lest any man should 
boast." Self-merit in the believer is honored of God because of good works, 
and is rewarded with a crown. But salvation is never offered to a sinner 
on the basis of performing any kind of meritorious obedience. "Jesus paid 
it all, all to Him I owe." That is God's way. 

QUESTIONS There is a great deal of wonderment abroad as is shown 

QUESTIONS in the many and various types of questions that continual- 
QUESTIONS ly come to our desk. Here are a few samples : 

"Why is it impossible to have two peace committees 
formed?" 

"Why did the writer of that article in the Evangelist say that it is no 
use to pray now over these things?" 

"Why did he state that such committee meetings are useless?" 
"Why should the idea of peace committees without authority be reject- 
ed? No committee could settle such a question anyway?" 

(Continued on page 29) 



August i 1939 



THE 



PRECIOUS BLOOD 



OF CHRIST 



WilUam H. Clough, Pastor Uniontoivn, Pa. 
(Being a radio sermon given over WMBS, April 2nd, 1939) 



Only by the price of blood could 
our hopeless debt of sin be paid. 
The Angels could not redeem us un- 
to God. Man could not redeem Him- 
self unto God. The great debt of sin 
standing against every individual in 
the whole wide world hangs as a 
huge mill stone about the neck soon 
to drown, doom and 
damn the soul in the 
awful river of death, 
destruction and Hell. 
Only by blood could 
our forfeited inheri- 
tence ever be restor- 
ed. Justice must be 
satisfied. The right- 
eous demands of a 
Holy God must be 
met. Only in the per- 
son of another, only 
by the substitution of 
the pure life of God's 
own Son ; only by the 
price of Jesus 
Christ's blood could 
the wandering, hope- 
less, helpless sinner 
be brought unto God. 

To me, I believe 
the Blood of Christ 
is the most impor- 
in the 
was a 
days, 
him, he 




ver and gold, from your vain con- 
versation received by tradition from 
your fathers, but with THE PREC- 
IOUS BLOOD OF CHRIST, as of 
a lamb without blemish and without 
spot, who verily was for-ordained 
before the foundation of the world, 
but was manifest in these last times 
for you. Before he 
began to follow Jesus 
he used profanity, 
and no doubt he was 
a rough sort of a fel- 
low, but don't you 
know this all serves 
to show what Christ 
can do and will do 
for a man who is 
willing to follow 
Him. 
If 
truth 
than 
this. 
Blood 



there is one 
more precious 
another, it is 
"The Precious 
of Christ" — 



tant subject 
Bible. Peter 
in his early 
the Lord saved 



fisherman 

but when 

became a 



great leader. He knew the value of 
the blood of Christ. In the words 
of our text he wrote "Forasmuch as 
ye know that ye were not redeemed 
with corruptible things such as sil- 



and if there is one 
truth more than an- 
other that old Satan 
hates, and does op- 
pose it is the truth of 
the Precious Blood of 
Christ. The one great 
truth Satan would 
love to turn our minds from today 
is THE BLOOD OF CHRIST. — 
With his ministers, and with all the 
forces of darkness at his command, 
Satan declares the Blood Religion of 
the Lord Jesus Christ is out of date 
and unpopular. Many modern schol- 
ers refer to the Blood of Christ as 



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Another Member of the Councirs Pride 




From Conemaugh, Pennsylvan- 
ia, comes the announcement that 
on the evening of July fifth, at 
11:44, William Lewis Schaffer de- 
cided to take up his residence at 
the home of the Reverend William 
H. Schaffer, 115 Oak Street. 
Wrote the proud father, after he 
had carried the lad for the first 
time, "He opened up his big blue 
eyes, smiled, closed them again, 
and went to sleep. When he looked 
into my face, he must have been 
satisfied with his father." From 
all indications the proud father 
was glad that the first look the lad 
had of his daddy didn't cause him to break out in a rash ! We advised Bill 
not to try to sing the lad to sleep. We hardly think it would work! All 
our heartiest congratulations to dad an mother. Good word comes that 
mother and baby are getting along fine. One more preacher for a new 
mission point under the Home Missions Council one of these days. 



the slaughter house religion and 
should no longer be held. He tells 
us that we can be saved by reforma- 
tion, by our ow^n good deeds, and by 
keeping the law of the Ten com- 
mandments, and by just doing the 
best we can. A man said the other 
day, "I am going to be saved, for I 
keep the commandments of the Bi- 
ble, and I know if I keep them I will 
be saved." I said, "My friend, which 
of the ten commandments have you 
kept and which of the command- 
ments are you keeping today? "He 
replied, "Why sir, I have kept ev- 
eryone of them, and I know I will 
be saved." Then I insisted that he 
name the commandments he was 
keeping, and lo, to my surprise, the 
poor man who boasted of keeping 
the law could not name one single 
commandment. What a tragedy! 
How pitiful all this is, and what li- 
ars men are today. They hide be- 



hind any excuse. The poor old man 
did not know a single one of the 
commandments of the law, but still 
he thought he had kept them and 
would surely be saved. Dear friends 
hear me today, Jesus Christ is the 
only one that can save you. Don't 
trust yourself, your goodness, your 
morals, nor the commandments. 
They will fail you in the day of 
judgment. 

Salvation is not a matter of good- 
ness nor badness but a matter of 
relationship. Ye must be born again. 
Except a man be born again he can- 
not enter the kingdom of God. 
A prominent clergyman not far 
from me tonight said when asked 
what he believed in regard to Sal- 
vation, "Salvation," he said, "why 
Salvation is a general sense of well 
being, good health, good education, 
morals, and doing unto others as 

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August, 1939 



CHRIST FOR 
AMERICA 

W. A. Ogden, Pastor Los Angeles, Calif ornm 



If the Son therefore shall make 
you free, ye shall be free indeed 
(John 8:36). 

Christianity is the gospel of free- 
dom. It frees men from the bond- 
age and slavery of sin. It frees na- 
tions from those national sins that 
degrade and beggar to the lowest 
degree. Messiah was anointed, says 
Isaiah (61 :1) to proclaim liber- 
ty to the captives, and the opening 
of the prison to them that are bound. 
Christ announced Himself as the 
fulfillment of this prophecy (Luke 
4 :18) . Paul declares that repentance 
and acknowledgement of the truth 
will lead to the recovery of those 
whom the devil has, at his will, tak- 
en in his snare (2 Tim. 2:25,26). 

The Religious Life of a Nation 
Marks its Course in History 

Read again Genesis 4:16-24, and 
note this first civilization. You will 
search in vain for an altar in the 
' city that Cain built. God has no 
place here. Education flourishes, 
but God is excluded. You will find 
professor Jabal at the head of the 
department of agriculture and ani- 
mal husbandry (v. 20), but there is 
no recognition of God. Professor 
Jubal is dean of music. He special- 
izes in the harp and the organ, but 
no chord sounds the praises of God. 
He is quite independent of God, why 
should he praise Him? Professor 
Tubal-Cain is "instructor of every 
artificer in brass and iron," but he 
teaches no man the ways of God. 
He employes not his art in fashion- 
ing vessels for use at the altar of 
worship. This civilization has agri- 



culture, music, metal, but no wor- 
ship ; no altar, no God. Can such a 
nation live? What does history re- 
cord? Inspiration records the his- 
tory of Lamech, a man of this age 
and the product of this godless sys- 
tem. Perhaps he is cited as being 
representative of all. Of him it is 
said that he took unto himself two 
wives. That he murdered two men 
on account of them. He becomes, 
therefore, the first recorded polyga- 
mist, and the second recorded mur- 
dered. The complete degradation of 
this civilization is revealed in Gen- 
esis 6, and the flood is God's answer 
to a godless age. 

Take a more modern civilization, 
that of Germany. No informed per- 
son needs to be told of the present 
brutality existing there, nor of the 
ambition and downfall of the Ger- 
many of 1914. But what is the con- 
tributing factor in this situation? 
The answer is, "A pagan civiliza- 
tion. God dethroned, philosophy en- 
throned." 

Who is the man in the case? His- 
tory records this brief note : "Fred- 
rich Wilheim Nietzache, (1844- 
1900). A German philosopher, died 
insane." This man did more to 
change the course and determine the 
destiny of a great nation, and of the 
world, than any other one man of 
the past century. The philosophy of 
Nietzsche entered into the religious, 
political and social life of the great 
German people and changed them 
from the champions of Christian 
doctrines and Christian ethics, and 
from lovers of peace and tolerance. 



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to what has become, in its govern- 
ment, the most militaristic, cruel 
and inhuman government in all his- 
tory. So insane is this nation's ha- 
tred of the sons of Jacob that she is 
striking the name Jehovah out of 
her language, because of its Jewish 
origin. I have said that the religious 
philosophy of a nation will determ- 
me its course in history. Now, what 
are some of the facts in this in- 
stance ? 

In the first place the Nietzsche 
philosophy did not originate in Ger- 
many, but in England and in 
France. It is first of all a material- 
istic philosophy of life and of reli- 
gion. And because God has no place 
in this system, man becomes the 
most important factor in it. It has 
as its working basis the devilish doc- 
trine of evolution ; the doctrine of 
the descent of man from the lower 
animals. This is England's contri- 
bution, as we shall see. 

On the other hand we have the 
Frenchman, Dr. Jean Astruc, who 
started a system of Biblical criti- 
cism that has resulted in destroying 
the faith of multiplied thousands in 
all lands, in the Bible as the word 
of God. Astruc suggested that there 
were two authors to the book of 
Genesis. But when the German, Dr. 
Eichorn, took up this suggestion as 
a clue he announced he had found 
many authors. "Thus," says Dr. A. 
C. Dixon, "began a movement which 
has done more to discredit the Bible 
than any other movement of modern 
time. The scientists of Germany 
took Darwinism from England with 
its struggle for existence, giving the 
strong and fit the scientific right to 
destroy the weak and unfit, and 
gave to the politician the infernal 
dictum that might makes right, 
while the German theologians took 
from Jean Astruc his composite- 
authorship-of-Gensis theory and 
worked it out to the discrediting of 
the Bible as a revelation from God. 



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Thus England and France sent to 
Germany the forces which gave her 
a "Kultur" that robbed her of her 
Christian faith and plunged her in- 
to the bottomless pit of national de- 
gredation,"' 

Dr. Dixon relates further that he 
was preaching in London about four 
months after the world war broke 
out, and that he took occasion to 
mention these false philosophies of 
science and religion as being respon- 
sbile for the war. At the close of his 
address he was met by a German 
who had been brought into London 
on a captured ship, and who wanted 
to give him a piece of his mind, as 
follows: "You have said that this 
terrible war was due to Darwinian 
evolution, and I believe it. I hope 
I am a Christian. I love Jesus 
Christ, and believe the Bible, but my 
wife and daughter have had their 
faith wrecked by Nietzsche and his 
pagan gang. But what I want to say 
to you is that we Germans got Dar- 
winism from England. We took it 
from you and worked it out to its 
legitimate consequence. So, when 
you mention it again, speak softly, 
for you are getting back what you 
sent." 

Was not the German right? Does 
not our Bible have something to say 
about reaping that which has been' 
sown ? 

Now, to what length did this com- 
bination of teachings lead Neitzsche 
m formulating his philosophy? Let 
us quote: "The weak and blotched 
shall perish : first principle of hu- 
manity. And they ought to be help- 
ed to perish. What is more harmful 
than any vice? Practical sympathy 
with the blotched and weak — Chris- 
tianity." "If what I publish be true," 
he wrote to an invalid woman, "a 
feeble woman like you would have 
no right to exist." "Christianity is 
the greatest of all conceivable cor- 
ruptions, the one immortal blemish 

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I To All Members and Friends of = 

I THE BRETHREN HOME MISSIONS COUNCIL | 

= On Wednesday evening of National Conference week, the an- = 

= nual business meet ng and inspirational session of the Home = 

= Missions Council will be held at Bethany Camp, at Winona Lake. = 

= The meeting will be opened at five-thirty with a Fellowship Sup- = 

= per for all. The Grace Seminary Male Quartet and Chorus will be = 

E there to put some life and joy into the hearts of all as they al- = 

= ways do. = 

= Following the supper there will be short, snappy reports of the = 

E victories won on our mission fields this year. And there have = 

E been some real ones, don't you forget it. Be sure to hear what = 

E has been done with your offerings to the Home Missions Council = 

E this year. R. Paul Miller, secretary of the Council, will give the = 

E report of the year's receipts and expenditures and a resume of = 

= the year's work, together with the program that lies ahead for = 

= 1940. = 




Roy A. Patterson, President of the Council, will give a Home 
Message that will make your heart burn. Home Missions are 
going concerns in the Brethren Church today. 

Then comes the Annual Meeting offering. This year it will be 
used for the new Evangelistic Tent. It will take $500.00. But 
that will not be hard to raise under God's blessing. 

A short business session will follow in which we will adopt a 
Code of Regulations and articles of Incorporation, elect directors 
for the ensuing year and endorse new points for Brethren 
Churches, and many other matters of interest to all who love 
this great work of Christ ! 

Be there! Be a part of the work yourself! We will look for 
you! 



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BRETHREN STUDENT LIFE 
VOLUNTEERS 



Kenneth B. Ashman 

Conemaugh, Penna., 

Siuperintendent 



PRAISE THE LORD! 

The Superintendent feels that 
way just now. The response has 
been so great to our B.S.L.V. ap- 
peals that we have not been able to 
keep up with the correspondence nor 
the printing of "Personalized Let- 
ters." Yes, we praise the Lord, not 
for our inability but for His gra- 
cious blessing upon this new work. 
Read elsewhere in this section of the 
Herald some of the things that mem- 
bers are writing to us daily. Cer- 
tainly the Lord is living within those 
who so write and believe. 

We urge all the members of the 
B.S.L.V. to write to the Superinten- 
dent as often as possible. Let us 
keep in touch with each other. The 
ministry of the Gospel is a serious 
business. Together we shall help 
each other to prepare and serve. 
''QUALIFY — PROVE — CLOSE" 

Recently we heard a salesman- 
ager coaching a group of embryo 
salesmen. His message to them was 
sealed up in three words — "Qualify, 
Prove, Close." The salesmen must 
first show the customer that he 
needs an article — Qualify. He then 
must show that his article is the ful- 
fillment of that need — Prove. Then, 
to reap a commission, he must have 
the signature on the dotted line — 
Close. 

It is even so with the winning of 
souls. Qualify a man or woman by 
showing them their awful condition 
of sin. Prove to them that the Lord 
Jesus is the only and all sufficient 
answer to their need. Close by kneel- 




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Dorothy Heaston, Canton 



ing with them as they sign their 
names, in the blood of the Lamb, in 
the Book of Life. Their need shall 
be supplied and your commission 
shall be multiplied, "Qualify — Prove 
—Close" for Christ. 

ADDITIONAL B.S.L.V. MEMBERS 

Grace Greer, Sunnyside, Wash. 
Ruth Reiking', Somerset, Penna. 
Mrs. Mark Malles, Olena, Ohio. 
Ann Maro, Canton, Ohio 
Pearl Lehman, Conton, Ohio. 
Evelyn Lehman, Conton, Ohio. 
Leon Clingenpeel, Flora, Ind. 
Geneva Clingenpeel, Flora, Ind. 
Lois Butler, Martinsburg, Pa. 
Virgil Sorg-e, Altoona, Penna. 
Carroll Parks, Allentown, Pa. 



August, 1939 



June Missmer, Allentown, Penna. 
Ethel Silberman, Allentown, Penna. 
Eileen Silberman, Allentown, Penna. 
E. H. Beringer, Waynesboro, Pa. 
Marquerite Hoffman, Sunnyside, Wash. 
Clifford Pluck, Ellet, Ohio. 
Laura Beth Miller, Cleveland, Tenn. 
Elaine Polman, Ft. Wayne, Ind. 
Elsie Knox, Whittier, Calif. 
Theresa Wilfinger, Allentown, Penna. 
Rachel Guiley, Canton, Ohio. 
Paul Kinzie, Kittaning, Penna. 
Lois Kinzie, Kittaning, Penna. 
Leah Robinson, Canton, Ohio. 
Adam Rager, Mundy's Corners, Pa. 
Jean Rager, Mundy's Corners, Pa. 
Theda Tingley, Portis, Kans. 
Lyle Marvan, Long- Beach, Calif. 
Ruth Dewitt, Allentown, Penna. 
Foster DeWitt, Allentown, Penna. 
Mark Pasarro, Allentown, Penna. 
Doris Fuerst, Grandview, Wash. 
Lucile Reed, Sunnyside, Wash. 
Richard Blouffh, Ft. Wayne, Ind. 
Lowell Hoyt, Ashland, Ohio. 
Lawrence Lawdor, Allentown, Penna. 
Charles Ashman, Jr., Whittier, Calif. 

Geo. Kinzie, Jr., Kittaning, Pa. 

Martha Parr, Akron, Ohio. 

Don Herring-, Long- Beach, Cahf. 

Ethel Morrill, Akron, Ohio. 

Blaine Snyder, Conemaugh, Pa. 

Lorine Burnett, South Gate, Calif. 

Maxine Barker, Whittier, Calif. 

Esther Smitherman, Puente, Calif. 

Elsie McDonald, Winchester, Va. 

Lois Miller, Whittier, Calif. 

Bob Mulkins, Monterey Park, Calif. 

Roberta Mulkins, Monterey Park, Caht. 

Richard Fralick, Whittier, Calif. 

Thomas Robinson, Canton, Ohio. 

Verda Weigle, Listie, Pa. 

Delbert Weigle, Listie, Pa. 

Walter Lepp, Los Angeles, Calif. 

Marie Ringler, Los Angeles, Calif. 

FROM LETTERS TO THE 
SUPERINTENDENT 

"I am studying for the ministry because 
I truly believe that God has called me to 
be a " captain in His mighty Christian 
Army. I am willing to do anything He 
sees 'fit. I have truly spent a period of 
time in a Godless institution and I must 
admit that for a short time, my faith was 
shaken. But, praises te to God, He has 
brought me back to His fold again. 

Lee Myers, Washington, D. C. 

"The blessing of leading just one soul 
to Christ is worth more, abundantly more, 
than the world can give. Now I am pray- 
ing that my cup of joy might bubble over 
and that the overflow might hide the ves- 
sel " Bob Hill, Bob Jones College, Tenn. 




Iva Cook, Ankenytown 



I'll remember this work in my prayers; 
and I need the prayers of Christian peo- 
ple as well that I may grow more in my 
spiritual life for my Saviour. 

Iva Cook, Ankenytown, Ohio. 

"My faith has been really tested since 
g-raduation from Bible Institute and many 
times the way seems dark, but I truly 
know His strength is made perfect in my 
weakness. I find Him the answer to my 
every question and the solution to my ev- 
ery problem and I love Him tonight with 
all my heart." 

Miriam McKeefery, Philadel])hia, Pa. 

"If I get to go to college it will be 
through the grace of our Lord Jesus 
Christ. As far as I can see now it is a 
blank wall but I am still praying- that the 
Lord will open up the way and I know 
His will." 

Leile Seymour, Ankenytown, Ohio. 

"The first sermon I ever preached was 
preached this morning. I was scared to 
death but the Lord saw me through. I am 
leaving everything entirely up to Him. 
He put us here and had a purpose in do- 
ing so, therefore our prayer is that His 
will may be done." . 

Mark Malles, Olena, Ohio. 

"I have a desire to be used of Him 
among- the young folks that they mi^ht 
come to love Him more and have a desire 
to do things to glorify His name." 

Ann Maro, Canton, Ohio. 



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"It was a real surprise to receive a per- 
sonal letter from you and it assures me 
more and more that your interest is real." 
Charles Sumey, Uniontown, Pa. (Charles 
Sumey is a young man intending to enter 
Bible Institute this Fall. He was honor- 
ably discharged from the U. S. Navy. He 
then sailed for the world. He is now sail- 
ing for Christ). 

"I shudder to think of all the useless 
worldly amusements I might be a party 
of if i had not been led to the Brethren 
Church." 

Shirley Wilson, Listie, Penna. 



THANK YOU PASTORS 

We are much aware that the 
Brethren Pastors are busy men. Yet 
many, too numerous to name in 
these pages at the present time, have 
paused long enough to inform the 
Superintendent of possible recruits 
for the B.S.L.V. For this aid we 
thank them in the Lord. Every name 
thus far received has been treated 
as a sacred trust. May many be led 
into His service through these ef- 
forts. 

-ON TO BETHANY!" 

The Cream of the Brethren young 
men and women will greet you at 
Bethany during the week of the 
Brethren National Conference. Be- 
thany Camp will be the conference 
headquarters for the B.S.L.V. Beth- 
any Camp this year will be a moun- 
tain peak of spiritual experience for 
all who attend. "Meet us at Beth- 
any!" 

CANTON McKINLEY NOON 
BIBLE CLASS 

During the last school year five 
girls in the Conton McKinley High 
School, Canton, Ohio, became dis- 
satisfied with the worldly amuse- 
ments provided the students at the 
noon recess. Accordingly, they or- 
ganized a noon Bible Class and in- 
vited Brother Bartlet, Middlebranch 
Ohio, a teacher in the McKinley 




Donna Bechtel, Ankesiytown 



School to be their teacher. In six 
weeks time the little group of five 
had grown to the larger group of 
thirty. Thirteen denominations were 
represented. Last year's Juniors 
have given notice that the class shall 
be continued during the coming 
school year. This report comes from 
Dorothy Heaston, Canton, Ohio. 

Do you have trouble finding ac- 
tivities to occupy your time at school 
while others are engaged in the 
pleasures of the world? Why not 
start a Bible Class. The devil will 
keep idle hands and idle minds busy 
for his devilment. 

SUNDAY NIGHT PRAYER 
MEETINGS 

Miriam McKeefery, Philadelphia, 
writes that the "Volunteers" of the 
First Church there plan to hold bi- 
weekly prayer services in the homes 
of various B.S.L.V. members. These 
services will be conducted by the 
members and will be attended by 
their Pastor, Rev. A. V. Kimmel. 
That's fine, Philadelphia. Pray your 
way through! 



August, 1939 15. 



CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR PROGRAM FOR NATIONAL 

CONFERENCE OF 1939 [ 

(All Meetings Will Be Held At Bethany Camp) ♦■ 

fues. 6:15-7:00 — Christian Endeavor Vespers \ 

"Finding Proper Amusements" — Bernard Schneider { 

\Ved. 6:15-7:00 — Christian Endeavor Vespers 

"Finding A Life-Ma e" — Frank Coleman, Jr. 
Thurs. 6:15-7:00 — Christian Endeavor Vespers 

"Finding A Life- Work"- — Arthur Malles 
Fri. 5:30-7:00 — Christian Endeavor Banquet 

Toastmaster — Robert Ashman 
Fri. 9:00 — Christian Endeavor Campfire Testimony Circle 

Conducted by Leo Polman 
Sun. 6:00-6:45 — Christian Endeavor Meeting 

Conducted by Kenneth Ashman and the 
Brethren Student Life Volunteers 



WEDNESDAY NIGHT IN WIDE-AWAKE PASTORS 

ATT TPATTnu/AT There are many wide-awake pas- 

ALLi^JMUWiM ^Q^g ^f Q^^j. church who are taking- 

advantage of the blessings offered 
The B.S.L.V. members of the Al- ^^ee of charge through the efforts 

lentown Church meet every Wednes- ^^ ^(^^ ^«"^e Missions Council. Send 

1 . . , ^ , ,, 111 the names oi ijour young people, 

day evening at seven to study the ^hey will be supplied with the best 

"soul-wmners gospel," the Gospel of Christian literature available. Per- 

John. Pastor Frank Coleman, Jr. is sonalized letters from our own pas- 

the teacher and leader. We expect tors will reach them monthly. A def- 

to see missionaries, teachers, and "^^^^ e^f^^') Z"^^ ^^ "'•'''^^ ^"^ I^^"^ 

, ^ ,-, c ., • them into fulltime service. Pastors, 

preachers come forth from this ^^^^,^ ^^p^.^^^ ^.^^^. y^^^^^ p^^pl^ ^f 

class. May the Lord bless you "Vol- these blessings. Send their names to 
unteers" in AUentown. the Superintendent today. 

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It Won^t Be Long Now -And Then, "On 



AUGUST 
28 

DAILY VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 

Each morning from 9 until noon the boys and girls 
will be taught by Misses Marie Mishler, Ethel Mor- 
rill, and Ruth Snyder, Bible stories. Memory work 
etc. Mother, you can attend conference sessions and 
know that there will be no Child problem for you! 
(No cost for this service). 

CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR 

Bethany Camp is headquarters for all our National 
Christian Endeavor services. Vespers, Camp Fire, 
Fagot Service as well as the annual Banquet. Here 
you will spend hours never to be forgotten! 




Natio 

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HOME Mi 



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ARE SCHEDUL 



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LABOR DAY! Sept. 4 

A one day vacation with a blessing for all who will stay over and for those who cannot 
attend the whole week. A climax to a great week! Plan for this! 

DIRECTED RECREATION? YOU BET! 

The whole week! And all FREE to all registered at Be hany Camp. Just look chis 
list over— SPEED BOAT RIDES (24 ft. Chris Craft); AQUA-PLANING; ROW 
BOATS, Schuffle Board, Swimming, (private beach) Volley Ball, Ping Pong, Tennis, 
Horse Shoes, Croquet and many other recreational activities for young and old! 

"ON TO WINONA LAKE i 



aona Lake and Beautiful Bethany Camp" 



tice Week 

ication 

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SEPTEMBER 
4 

BRETHREN STUDENT LIFE 
VOLUNTEERS 

All activities of this newly organized group of Life 
Volunteers will be at Bethany. Where you will 
meet young people from the Atlantic to the Pacific 
— Those who have given their all to the Lord and 
are preparing for HIS SERVICE— In HOME and 
FOREIGN WORK. OVER 100 IN THIS ORGAN- 
IZATION ALREADY! 

SISTERHOOD OF MARY AND 
MARTHA 

Many of the girls from this organization will be 
with us at Bethany. (Since this organization is not 
making Bethany headquarters — we can accommo- 
date many more who would desire to room and 
board with us.) 




IND BRETHREN 
: COUNCIL 




STINGS and BANQUETS 
lETHANY CAMP I 

The Best 

ave It Now 
' Camp 

WHAT TO BRING 

Bethany Camp has just been refurnished with new innerspring mattresses, beds and. 
pillows (bedding may be rented for a small fee) 

Bring your own bedding and towels, Tennis racket, bathing suit! (Boys are requested 
to wear uppers. Girls are not expected to wear shorts), fishing equipment, Bible, note 
book, and your musical instrument. 

COST 

Registration Fee $2.00. Room and Board (and the best eats in Winona) all for $7.00 
for the week; or $1.25 by the day. There are some rooms available with double beds 
for adults. Get your registration in NOW. Send to Leo Polman, 4007 Tacoma Ave. 
Fort Wayne, Indiana. 

JTIFUL BETHANY CAMP" 



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75% ARE LOSERS 



In a recent article dealing with the stability of American bus- 
iness concerns, a business columnist declared that ultimately 
three fourths of all business enterprises are failures. When deal- 
ing with the reasons therefor, the writer declared that foremost 
among them was the fact that most business managers did busi- 
ness from day to day without any long range planning that 
would study conditions and plan against the needs of the future. 
Hence, they were caught in any sudden local situation or slump. 



This reminds us of many preachers who do the same thing 
with their church work. They wait till the week before a busi- 
ness meeting before they mention it. They wait till Saturday 
night before getting concerned about their Sunday sermons. 
They wait till a week before the Thanksgiving Offering is due 
before they mention it to their people, or unthinkingly they plan 
some special meetings for that time and suddenly find themsel- 
ves in a position unable to really give a good offering. They are 
sori-y about it, and sincerely regret it, but it doesn't help the 
offering any, and Home Missions suffers just that much more. 
They didn't intend for it to be so, but they simply failed to sit 
down and plan their year's work and programs before they start- 
ed. Result: FAILURE! 



CONCLUSION — Pastor, send for enough Dime Collectors 
to cover your church and Sunday School for all who will usie 
them. Begin now to prepare for the greatest Thanksgiving Of- 
fering in our History ! Start your people to accumulating today \ '■ 
so that when you reach Thanksgiving time you will have much 
of your offering ready. Then a real appeal will bring you the 
thrill of raising your best offering. Be a wise steward for God 
so that your management will please Him. Begin today! 



A CROSS 
me NA TION 

with our Secretary 




THE Hardly had we returned 

GRAND from the many events of 

RUSH the last trip into Virginia, 
than we had to get out the 
July number of the Brethren Her- 
ald. Only those who have such a task 
realize the hours of painstaking care 
and work that are involved in each 
issue in order to make it profitable, 
inspiring, and easy to read. Laying 
aside a tremendous stack of unan- 
swered mail that had accumulated 
during the weeks we had been ab- 
sent from the office we got out the 
magazine. Then we left for the 1939 
sessions of the Indiana District Con- 
ference of the Brethren Church. 

A MOST From the plans 

SIGNIFICANT that had been care- 
CONFERENCE fully laid for the 
conference it was 
destined to be a most significant 
gathering. The officers of the con- 
ference together with most of the 
ministers of the District had met a 
month or so before hand, and had 
framed a set of resolutions designed 
to make support of the Old Home 
Mission Board and Ashland College 
to be the test of standing in the dis- 
trict Conference for both ministers 
and laymen. This, of course, is a 
fundamental departure from all his- 
toric Brethren policy and practice. 
The Constitution of the National 
Conference declares regarding the 
standing of its ministers : 

"All regularly ordained elders of Breth- 
ren Churches, who are in good standing 
in their local church shall be members 
of this conference ex-officia provided 
that they bring to the conference pro- 



perly certified credeyitials from their lo- 
cal churches^' 

Regarding the standing of laymen 
in National Conference it reads: 

"All such delegates, before being admit- 
ted to membership in the Conference 
shall present to the Standing Committee 
on Conference Membership properly cer- 
tified credentials from the congregation 
which they represent.'" 

The Constitutions of the various 
District Conferences are patterned 
after the National Conference Con- 
stitution. The basis for standing in 
any Brethren Conference, both Dis- 
trict and National, has always been 
on the basis of standing in the local 
congregation. It could not be other- 
wise in a religious body that was or- 
ganized on the basis of Congrega- 
tional Government. The moment 
that any conference ignores the con- 
gregational standing of its delegates 
and places standing in its member- 
ship upon approval and support of 
any Boards, or other institutions 
whatever, then the basic principle of 
Congregation Government is dead. 
Standing in a Brethren Church is no 
longer sufficient for acceptance by 
a Brethren Conference. 



WHAT . When the creden- 

REALLY tial committee of this 
HAPPENED conference made 
their first report of 
delegates, they purposely withheld 
the credentials of such individuals 
who could no longer conscientiously 
support Ashland College, and the 
Old Home Mission Board. This was 
done largely on what they believed 
to be the case, for no examination of 



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delegates was held, at least, until af-| 
ter conference was organized with- 
out them. It was found that this' 
was done because of the anticipated 
adoption of the previously prepared 
resolutions which follow : 

RESOLUTIONS FOR CREDENTIAL 

GUIDANCE READ AND ACCEPTED 

AT THE INDIANA DISTRICT 

CONFERENCE 

June 15, 1939 

Actual division has come to the Breth- 
ren Church — our cherished Brethren 
Church. It has been proceeding' for months. 
After laboring' for 56 years to build up a 
college manned by Brethren Educators, 
dissenters are bent on tearing it down. 
They have already organized a separate 
seminary a separate mission board and 
have issued appeals for them and secured 
funds, thus dividing our efforts and weak- 
enino- our regularly established work, em- 
barrassing and dividing our local congre- 
g'ations. Brethren who for long years 
strove together for great principles and 
a noble heritage bequested by the fathers 
of 1883, are no longer willing to walk in 
peace and harmony, unless they can con- 
trol. The time seems, to have come when 
separation, shameful as it is, and over 
nothing but humanisms, seems more Chris- 
tian than to continue in strife and dis- 
sension: 

1. Because, instead of the time-honored 
doctrine of simple faith in the Son of God 
and obedience to His Divine Will in all 
things, a new slogan has been raised, born 
out of the heated brain of teachers who 
care little for the genius of the Brethren 
Church and people from the days of Alex- 
ander Mack down to the present. Now 
they would teach us to over-emphasize 
g'race, eternal security, and slight New 
Testament works, repentance and forgive- 
ness of sins in the believer; 

2. And, because the original emphasis on 
Brethren Doctrine has disappeai-ed from 

] our periodicals and tracts. The tracts of 
the builders and founders of our particu- 
lar group have disappeared and remain 
unmentioned, while other periodicals and 
articles by strange authors have supplant- 
ed them much to the confusion and cha- 
grin of the laity of our local congrega- 
tions. Harmony is impossible without a 
change here; 

3. And because they herald to the point 
of exasperation the tendency of our Ash- 
land College to Modernism despite all the 
declarations, statements and protestations 
to the contrary by the teachers and offi- 
cers. Is there any manifest desire for 
peace in such unchristian warfare? 



4. And, because many of our older 
churches living in peace and harmony be- 
fore a radical minister took charge, are 
now hopelessly divided and our precious 
heritage almost totally forsaken or ob- 
structed by their divisive measures and 
methods. Withal, this situation maintains 
almost wholly in congregations pastored 
by the younger preacliers whose training 
must have been almost wholly deficient in 
the Scriptural Doctrines of forbearance, 
tolerance and love. The main spokesman 
of the group has repeatedly threatened to 
withdraw from our National Organization 
unless his contentions at the time were 
voted by the Conference. 

-5. And because, after more than two 
years of effort to secure a Field Secretary 
to carry out its plans and purposes, by 
our Home Mission Board these dissenters 
compelled our National Conference of 1938 
to spend almost the entire time — a whole 
week- — by obstructive parliamentary meth- 
ods to disallow the Board to choose a sec- 
retary who would work according to plans 
and pur])oses. No sooner did it become 
apparent that the old secretary (their 
nominee) would not be chosen than this, 
radical faction proceeded to organize an- 
other Mission Board, with its attendant 
divisive and confusing appeals to our min- 
isters and church officers, asking support 
for their Mission Board rather than the 
historic and authorized board of the Con- 
ference. "Rule or ruin" seems to be writ- 
ten on every move they make. 

6. And because of the desire for peace 
above everytliing else many of our con- 
servative group, in years gone by, have 
l^ermitted things to go on, resolutions to 
be passed, even allowing the Publication 
Board to pass from our control, rather 
than to engage in acrimonious debate and 
discussion. For all this we now confess 
we were too indulgent for the unity of our 
people and the maintenance of our historic 
heritage. Before God,we now proceed to 
our original duty and declai'e our deter- 
mination to redouble our effort to redeem 
as much as possible from the wreckage. 

7. Therefore, be it resolved by the Dis- 
trict Conference of Indiana Brethren 
Churches assembled at the Brethren Re- 
treat at Shipshewana, Indiana, this 14th 
day of June, 1939 that we declare our 
protest and challenge the right of any 
church to representation in any District 
Conference or at our National Conference 
to be held at Winona Lake, Indiana, Aug- 
ust 28th - September- 3rd, 1939, if they 
have taken any action separating: them- 
selves from the established Boards or In- 
stitutions of the Brethren Church, since 
their vote would be obstructive and de~ 
visive. We further declare that we shall 
resist the seating of any such delegate in 



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Now About That Evangelistic 

TENT 

The fund is already started for the new tent for our evangel- 
istic work. The tent and equipment will cost right around 
$500.00. As we write this announcement, the mail has brought 
us our first gift for this new tent. A group of folks from the 
Limestone, Tennessee church took an offering of $9.25 and sent 
it in. Now this is a real start for the Offering to be taken up at 
our Annual Meeting of the Home Missions Council. Now we only 
need $490.75!! If all of these who will be unable to go to Nat- 
ional Conference this year to participate in the offering there, 
would send their gift in through the mail before hand, we might 
have a real sui^prise to announce to the meeting. The Limestone 
folks have shewn a fine spirit for all to follow. They not only 
write about being interested in evang^elistic work they send along 
substantial proof of it. Next season is going to be a busy one 
for the tent. Already its services are being asked for. New 
fields are simply waiting till they can get a start toward a real 
whole gospel church. There are already two, and perhaps three 
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any established district, since it is the con- 
stitutional prerogative of each district to 
decide if it shall be divided and such di- 
vision must afterwai'd be sanctioned by 
National Conference. 

Signed by the committee, 

J. RAY KLINGENSMITH 

CHARLES A. BAME 

J. G. DOODS 

G. A. MAUS. 

The secretary and several other 
earnest Brethren pled with the con- 
ference against such dangerous ac- 
tion, warning them that if it passed, 
it would prove to be a monster that 
would turn about and destroy those 
who created it. But this was all to 
no avail. The resolution was passed 
without difficulty on the first vote 
by an overwhelming majority. The 
delegates who had always enjoyed 
the best of standing in their own 
congregations and in their previous 
conferences, but who could not en- 
dorse the administration of the Old 



Home Mission Board and that of 
Ashland College, were thus elimin- 
ated, and their credential fees re- 
turned. The voice of criticism or dis- 
approval of any Board or Institu- 
tion of the Brethren Church in Indi- 
ana, has been effectively destroyed. 
It was freely declared that Indiana 
was but the proving ground for this 
movement, and that the same effort 
would be put forth at National Con- 
ference when it meets this fall. So 
much for that. 



ANOTHER 

UNUSUAL 

RESOLUTION 



This District 
Conference w a s 
filled with surpris- 
es when it came to 
unusual actions. Hardly had the 
first resolution been passed than an- 
other was submitted which read as 
follows : 

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^* The key to all the storehouses of God's riches and power and blessings V 

O is the Name of Jesus Christ; the hand that turns the key is the prayer of .$ 

X faith; the lock that holds the door is the will of God. Little wonder then, O 

tthat Jesus gave His promise, "Whatsoever ye ask of the Father in my *^ 

Name He will give it you. Ask and ye shall receive that your joy may be O 

tfull." John 16:23, 24. You must pass through the gate of prayer on your X 

knees, but we must walk in the way of testimony. Stand and declare with- o 

tout flinching. The man who has spent much time with God on his knees *^ 

is not afraid to stand before a lost world and proclaim the gospel of Christ. I5 

^ No prayer, no power in testimony. That is what is the matter with a lot O 

^ of people's witnessing for Christ. No prayer behind it. That is what is the $ 

O matter with lots of sermons too! No prayer behind them. Lexicons and *x> 

$ commentaries are fine so far as they go, but it is prayer that puts the *^ 

S power in them. Any sermon that isn't worth an hour with God in its pre- '^ 

paration, isn't worth preaching at all! Asked how he won so many souls, a O 

X poor Chinese convert said, "First I get on my knees before God and talkee, *^ 

"I* talkee, talkee, then I get on my feet and walkee, walkee, walkee." They go ♦> 

*i^ together, soulwinners, try it. ^ 

% 1. The work of the Council has been greatly hampered this year because ^ 

i' of the lack of a tent with which to work in new fields. God is sending ^ 

A us new fields rapidly now, although this but the first year of the Coun- ^ 

<> cil's existence. We will be crowded for proper care of new fields this ^ 

^ coming year. We are praying for $500.00 for a new tent <i> 

1% and its equipment in the offering to be taken at our annual sessions of $ 

C' the Brethren Home Missions Council to be held at Bethany Camp, dur- O 

,ii ing National Conference. By all means pray earnestly for this amount *^ 

<i> to be sent in for this purpose. It is greatly needed. We do not want to ,r> 

X lose any of the fields that the Lord is sending to us, because of our own O 

% failure to care for them. *? 

O 2. By the time this issue reaches many of you, the new Indiana Brethren ^ 

^* Bible Conference will be in session. The Conference begins August 1st, O 

and closes on the 3rd. It will be held at the Fort Wayne Brethren $ 

Church, 3326 South Calhoun Street. If you are unable to attend, by all o 

X means pray for this meeting. It is the first session of this new Confer- *^ 

^ ence organized by the Brethren who were denied a seat in the Indiana I^ 

^ District Conference because of their refusal to support Ashland College O 

<?. and the Old Home Mission Board. On the back cover of this magazine $ 

X you will find the full announcement. This new group have tremendous o 

y problems to solve. Pray that Our Father God will lead them into great *^ 

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^ Churches, it was decided to undertake the establishment of a new O 

<% Brethren Church in Wooster, Ohio. We now have a group of about ^ 

X forty Brethren people ready to take part in the establishment of a new O 

^ church in that city. Arrangements are now being made for the actual $ 

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JUNIATA, PA. 

The report of the Juniata Breth- 
ren Church is long overdue. God 
has not been so slow in dealing with 
us as we have been to give Him the 
glory for that which He has done 
for us. Because so many people in 
the Brethren Church seem to know 
so little about the work of this 
place and the exact location of our 
work, I would like to take the op- 
portunity to tell something of the 
history and location of our work. 
The Juniata Brethren Church is not 
yet three years old. It was organiz- 
ed while meeting in the Juniata 
Gospel Mission and held their first 
services in the present building the 
second Sunday of November 1936. 
The Church building was that in 
which the Brethren of New Enter- 
prise worshipped for over 50 years, 
and it was taken down and moved 
to Juniata, rebuilt again almost ex- 
actly as it had been before. Juniata 
is a part of the city of Altoona, hav- 
ing been taken into the greater Al- 



toona District several years ago. 
We thus find ourselves located in a 
city of 82,000 people, with rumple op- 
portunity for giving out the whole 
gospel story. 

During the past year the Lord 
has led us through waters deep and 
now out into the "green pastures" 
to abide. Our growth has not been 
phenomenal, for He has been laying 
a careful foundation upon which to 
build for the future. The faithful 
flock here have been beset with sev- 
eral severe shocks that have retard- 
ed the numerical growth of the con- 
gregation. At times the outlook 
was dark and the pathway of the 
Church filled with obstacles that 
seemed to be beyond- any solution. 
At the darkest of such times the 
Lord began to work very definitely 
in our behalf and now the outlook is 
extremely bright. Not long ago the 
problems of this church seemed to 
threaten its work seriously. No hu- 
man solution seemed possible to 
bring about a peaceful settlement of 



Board gives final approval. Do not fail to pray for this new enter- 
prise, that the Lord may lead in it all. 

On Friday, August 25th, the Brethren Home Missions Council Directors 
will open their annual sessions at Winona Lake.i This will be the first 
regular session of the Directors. Theirs will be a very responsible task. 
The unusual growth of the work of Home Missions during this last year, 
and the many new fields that are opening to us create a real challenge 
of faith. Pray for the Directors, that they may be led of the Lord. 

Whatever happens at National Conference, there will be mighty im- 
portant sessions of the Brethren Home Missions Council members at 
Bethany Camp. On Wednesday evening at 5:30 we meet to consider 
Articles of Incorporation, a Code of regulations, the election of Direct- 
ors and other matters. Do not fail to pray for these sessions that the 
Spirit of God shall lead us. 



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differences and to carry on the 
Lord's work. Business meetings 
were held, but to no avail, until at 
a time when least expected the Lord 
melted the hearts of all attending 
an Official Board meeting and a 
genuine Revival was born in our 
hearts. Differences and misunder- 
standings of long duration were 
settled as the tears came down the 
cheeks of all in attendance at the 
meeting. Of course such a feeling 
among the Officials of a Church :'s 
contagious to even the least mem- 
ber of the Church and the result 
has been a deep quickening of the 
whole body of believers. 



Though the radio has not won for 
us new members for our Church, 
yet it has won for us a host of 
friends over a wide area. 

One of the most encouraging 
signs of our work is that during the 
summer months our Sunday School 
is growing. Due to the new interest 
that is being manifested in every 
pai't of oui- work others are begin- 
ning to be interested in our Sunday 
School work. Plans are also in pro- 
gress for some advance steps in this 
department of our work that will 
make for a gi-eater growth when 
the Fall season arrives. Our great- 
est need is for class rooms in 




Children's 
Bible 

Class, 
Juniata 



Large opportunities await the 
Brethren Church in this vicinity 
and plans are now in progress to 
utilize them to the fullest. For near- 
ly three years this Church has sus- 
tained a Radio Broadcast over sta- 
tion WFBG Altoona. These are held 
Sunday nights at 6:30-7:00 P. M. 
and Wednesday nights at 9:15-9:30 
P. M. Through this medium a large 
number of people have learned to 
know of the Juniata Brethren 
Church and the stand for Christ 
and the Word of God which it holds. 
Strangers are brought into our 
midst through this channel and our 
work advertised in a way that 
would not be possible othei-wise. 



which to house our children and 
young people. We have the unique 
task of trying to conduct a city 
school in accommodations usually 
found in rural sections, and by that 
we mean that all we possess is one 
large room in which all the classes 
are held. We are constantly pray- 
ing that the Lord will reveal sources 
of financial ability that will make it 
possible to complete our basement 
which would then accommodate 
very comfortably our present en- 
rollment. 

An effectual door of opportunity 
has been open to the writer and his 
wife. In a rural section near to sev- 
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this Church is an abandoned school 
house in which Summer Bible Class- 
es are being held. Due to the num- 
erous tasks required of rural chil- 
dren these classes are held but 
twice a week and lasting for seven 
weeks. It has been a constant 
source of joy to work with this 
splendid group that comes from all 
sections of the country to join with 
us in this endeavor. Such group 
singing cannot be equalled, or at 
least surpassed anywhere else that 
we know! And the interest that is 
manifested in learning the assigned 
memory work would put those of 
greater opportunities to same. Since 
the children must walk sometimes 
great distances to attend the school, 
the overabundance of rain has kept 
the attendance lower this year than 
it was a year ago. But what is lack- 
ed in numbers is made up in spirit 
and enthusiasm. Through these ex- 
periences we are more than convin- 
ced that it pays to put forth real ef- 
fort to win the boys and the girls to 
Christ. 

The Juniata Brethren Church 
has much for which to praise God 
and we do so continually in our ser- 
vices. He has been patient with us 
and dealt with us according to His 
abundant mercy. There is one dis- 
tinction for which we are not overly 
proud, and that is that we posses 
the most uncomfortable pews in the 
denomination! Help us pray that 
God will enable us to replace these 
with pews or seats that will add to 
the enjoyment of our services. In 
fact, we urge you to pray with us 
for all matters pertaining to our 
work that now, by the Grace of God, 
we will be able to grow in a com- 
munity that needs the witness of 
the Brethren Church. 

When passing through Pennsyl- 
vania on your way to the World's 
Fair stop here for a visit and wor- 
ship with us! 



CLEVELAND, OHIO 

Just a little more than four years 
ago the Lord opened the way to 
start a Brethren Church in the City 
of Cleveland, the first in the history 
of our denomination. During this 
period we have seen more than one 
hundred souls come into this church 
at least half of whom came through 
confession of Christ and baptism. 
During this same time we have seen 
men, women and young people 
grow spiritually to the degree that 
they have become real witnesses for 
Christ. We have also seen the name, 
BRETHREN CHURCH, which was 
hitherto unknown in this city, be- 
come recognized and respected 
among some of the finest evangeli- 
cal groups in Cleveland. But one 
thing we have not seen during this 
time, was the erection of a church 
building. 

A suitable building of our own is 
the greatest need of the Cleveland 
Brethren today. Since the begin- 
ning of our work we have worship- 
ped in school buildings. But with 
the development of our work, the 
school building has become a real 
handicap to our progress. There 
has been an ever growing need for 
a place in which to work, in which 
to carry on a Daily Vacation Bible 
School, a place for Christian Endea- 
vor for the Young People, a place 
for evening preaching services, a 
place for week night Bible Classes, 
but .... the high cost of rent has so 
limited us in the use of the school 
that we have been forced to omit 
and restrict many of these essen- 
tial activities of any normal church. 
It has only been because of the 
gracious manner in which folks 
have opened their homes in winter 
and summer, in fair weather and 
foul, that we have been able to ac- 
complish the work done. But we 
have reached the stage where a 
building of our own is essential to 
any real progress. This fact is fur- 



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ther reflected in the general atti- 
tude of our immediate community. 

Residents of this fine community 
are looking for some tangible evi- 
dence of permanency besides a va- 
cant church lot. They keep asking 
us, "just how soon will you start 
building? And always we have had 
to reply, "Just as soon as we have 
sufficient funds." 

Now our fa'lure to have a build- 
ing in Cleveland is due to one single 
fact. We have been unable to bor- 
row from any source — sufficient 
funds to add to our own savings in 
order that we might start building. 
We have however, secured carefully 
prepared plans, designed to utilize 
the entire church lot to the best 
possible advantage; having given 
careful attention to possible future 
developments in the form of a Bible 
School addition ?nd a parsonage. 
Plans and specifications for our 
first unit have been submitted to 
contractors and bids received. With 
th's information in hand we set out 
to secure a loan. We have sought 
aid from banks, insurance compan- 
ies, contractors, builders, brokers 
and pll have come back with one re- 
ply, "We cannot secure funds for 
you with which to build a church." 
This answer has come from men 
who at the outset were confident 
they could secure aid for our build- 
ing project. The confidence of these 
men from time to time has built up 
hopes which have always resulted 
in disappointment. Our most recent 
offer of this type which we are now 
investigating comes from a broker 
who savs he c?n obtain the funds, 
but will require a 5 per cent com- 
mission on all money he obtains. 
This commission to be over and 
above the interest we shall be re- 
quired to pay for the money. If a 
commission must be paid, is it pos- 
sible that there could not be some 
one or some organization within the 
Brethren Church which would be 



glad to receive such remuneration 
for the use of your money? 

In applying for loans we have 
been required to submit a financial 
statement of our work since its be- 
ginning, and it might be that our 
readers would be interested in some 
of the facts from that report. Since 
this work was started four years 
ago, this congregation has given of- 
ferings for all purposes which have 
gone well beyond the $10,000 mark. 
Of this amount, more than $4,000. 
was given for the BUILDING 
FUND, (which amount by the way 
will not build a church building 
even though it be modest as the one 
we propose to build). Of the above 
amount, $1700. has been given for 
missions, Foreign, Home, District 
and Jewish. But during the same 
time we have paid out $1500. in 
rent, for which we have obtained 
the use of the school building for 
Church and Bible School each Sun- 
day morning, in addition to a few 
spec'al meetings such as our com- 
munion. This same amount of mon- 
ey might better have been invested 
in a permanent building would have 
provided a church which could have 
been used seven days in the week if 
necessary. 

Thus you can see that God has 
been blessing, and trying though 
our experience has been, we are 
nevertheless always hopeful because 
we know our God cannot f?il. We 
believe that somewhere there is 
someone who will catch a vision of 
this great and needy community in 
which we are seeking to preach 
the Gospel and that in due time God 
will provide the funds which will en- 
able us to build. 

Our disappointments have drawn 
us all closer to our Lord and our 
weeky prayer meeings are well at- 
tended and participation is very 
good. 

During the last year or so the 
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opportunities to speak in other 
churches, in the City Mission and 
on the radio, all of which has help- 
ed to bring our work before the 
public. Recently we were granted 
permission to conduct a weekly Bi- 
ble Class in one of the new branch 
libraries located here in Cleveland 
Heights, just about three quarters 
of a mile from our church. Thus 
the Lord has been opening the 
doors of opportunity and we Praise 
Him for it. 

We believe that from the seed 
which has been sown during these 
few years, that we shall see a real 
ingathering and the development of 
a real church here in Cleveland 
which will not only be a credit to the 
name Brethren, but a glory to His 
Dear Name — just as quickly as we 
have an adequate building in which 
to really go to work. May God has- 
ten that day and may you my dear 
reader be much in prayer that that 
day may be soon. 

Tom Hammers, 

2920 Noble Road, 

Cleveland Heights, 

Ohio. 



ACROSS THE NATION 

^ (Continued from page 21) 

[resolutions for guidance of 
' local churches 

Inasmuch as there are a number of 
I Brethren Preachers in ourdistrict who 
are not in ffood standing', having- refused 
to accept the rule for guidance adopted 
by this conference assembled at the 
Brethren Retreat at Shipshewana, Indi- 
ana, June 13th to 16th, 1939. 



We ad\Tse the official boards and the 
Board of Evangelists where trouble ex- 
ists or arises in the ministry or laity in 
local congregations, that they may ap- 
ply section seven (7) of the "Rules for 
Credential Guidance" adopted by this 
conference. 






\ We also advise all churches to avoid the 
I use of teachers or students from Grace 
1 Theological Seminary, giving preference 
I to those from our own Seminary at Ash- 
lland, Ohio, since the young preachers 



from Grace Theological Seminary have 
notably schismatic or divided churches 
on their hands. We need to be careful 
lest unitv and harmony be destroyed in 
our Indiana Churches. 

This resolution was submitted by 
the same Brother minister who of- 
fered the first resolution to the Con- 
ference. Thus the Indiana State Con- 
ference deplored division within the 
Brethren Church by promoting it 
with this expulsive action. 

STILL As a final clinch- 

ANOTHER ing of the separa- 
RE SOLUTION tist movement be- 
gun in the District 
Conference of Indiana, a resolution 
was then passed to send a protest to 
the Winona Lake Assembly, and al- 
so to the Free Methodist Publishing 
Company in whose building at Wi- 
nona Lake the Grace Theological 
Seminary have leased quarters for 
the coming year. The protest was 
designed to inform these two organ- 
izations that Grace Theological Sem- 
inary is not a true Brethren Insti- 
tution, and represents only a fac- 
tional element within the Brethren 
Church. The action delegated the 
Conference Secretary to convey 
these statements to the parties men- 
tioned and to inform them that the 
real Brethren School was at Ash- 
land, Ohio. In proposing this action 
one Brethren preacher declared, "If 
we do not stop this movement, those 
Grace Seminary students will be 
holding street meetings and prayer 
meetings on every corner in Winona 
Lake." To him, that would evident- 
ly be a calamity ! To some of us it 
might be a fine idea ! We wonder if 
he ever did such a thing for his 
Lord. 

THE Such a schismatic and 

NATURAL divisive action could on- 
RESULT ly result in the forma- 
tion of a new group of 
churches within the Indiana Dis- 



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trict. Consequently, on Thursday 
evening, June 15th, on the front 
lawn of the home of one of the re- 
jected members of the conference, 
fifty nine faithful members of the 
Brethren Church gathered for coun- 
sel. There by the side of Lake Ship- 
shewana a new Bible Conference 
was formed. After an excellent pic- 
nic supper prepared by the ladies of 
the group, a fine, inspirational song 
service was held. Praise and testi- 
mony was heard from every side. 
The contrast with the unhappy ex- 

( Continued on page 32) 



CHRIST FOR AMERICA 

(Continued from page 10) 

of mankind." Is it any wonder we 
had the world war? Do you wonder 
at the oppression of "the weak" in 
Germany today? The decalogue has 
been destroyed, the Bible thrown 
away, and God reduced to a mere 
puppet. Let us observe that the in- 
creased clamor for "mercy killing in 
the United States today is but a lit- 
tle step short of this awful beast 
philosophy that has brought such 
dire results in other lands. It is now 
suggested by one high in office at 
Washington that we revise the com- 
mandment "thou shalt not kill," and 
institute "mercy killing" as a solu- 
tion to America's unemployment and 
relief problem." Beware, America ! 
These are the things back of the 
scenes in Europe today. The untold 
human suffering under the Swas- 
teka flag is based on the philosophy 
of "the survival of the fittest." We 
do not believe that the German peo- 
ple are by nature more cruel than 
are other peoples, but a beast phil- 
osophy that has no place for God, 
nor for His Son Jesus Christ must 
inevitably sweep on to its doom. The 
religious teaching and life of a na- 
tion determines its course in history. 
Christ and His Gospel Set Men Free 
It would be refreshing to go back 



as far as 1620 and read again the 
history of that infant movement that 
was destined to become America, 
The pilgrims who landed at Plym- 
outh came because they were driven 
by that unholy alliance of the Chris- 
tian Church being united with the 
Pagan state. This combination al- 
ways has, and always will, produce 
violence and fill the land with the 
blood of martyrs. 

In the hold of the Mayflower, be- 
fore the pilgrims went ashore, they 
wrote a compact which included two 
phrases that have proven to be the 
difference between freedom and bon- 
dage, as follows : "for the common 
good." and "Just and equal laws." 
Here we have incorporated great 
Christian principles of democracy 
which guarantee equality and jus- 
tice in matters affecting all subjects 
of the government. Only when these 
principles are betrayed and violated 
can we ever know the violence of 
class hatred and race prejudice and 
persecution. Only when Christ is 
enthroned in the hearts of a people 
and His word is the supreme source 
of authority in guiding the thought 
and the lives of the people, can they 
have any assurance that the strong 
will not oppress the weak, and even 
annihilate them. 

Christ for America, and America 
for Christ should be our watchword. 
We offer here the advice of one of 
America's greatly honored presi- 
dents, Calvin Coolidge. To a minis- 
ter who visited him, president Cool- 
idge said: "I sit at my desk day af- 
ter day worrying myself sick over 
our country. What are we coming 
to, this wave of lawlessness and 
crime ? Dr. Booth, do you know what 
is wrong with this country? We 
have forgotten God. He seems to 
have gone out of our public life, and 
our personal life. If this nation is 
to be saved we must get back to the 
ideals and traditions which went in- 
to the making of Vermont and New 



August, 1939 29 

THE OBSERVER 

(Continued from page 6) 

"Why was that peace resokition at last conference rejected?" 
And so they go. Just questions, questions. 

The editor does not beheve that it is impossible for two peace commit- 
tees to be formed. It is altogether possible. All that is needed is that the 
Ashland group should appoint their men. The Grace Seminary group have 
had a committee ready since last National Conference. It is still not too 
late. Why any Christian minister who claims to believe in a prayer hearing 
God should write that he does not believe that prayer would do any good, 
is hard to understand. Is the situation too hard for His God? What kind 
of a God does he worship, we wonder? The editor has a God Whom he be- 
lieves can do anything. "His arm is not short, that He cannot save, nor is 
His ear heavy that He cannot hear." He is the kind of a God that can 
save by many or by few. The idea of a peace committee with authority 
seems quite pointless. No committee could ever be given the task of set- 
tling such a difficulty. Surely Brethren could sit around a table and dis- 
cuss their differences and come to some understanding as to what would 
be the best course to pursue and then make their recommendation to Nat- 
ional Conference. No committee of any kind could do any more. 

As to why the peace resolution at last National Conference was re- 
jected, it is a simple matter. The Ashland group wanted to dismiss the 
secretary of the old Home Mission Board and talk it over afterward. The 
Grace Seminary group felt that the fair thing to do would be to talk it 
over first and see if the action was justified. As a famous officer of the 
law said some years ago in regard to a man he was after, "Shoot him first, 
and hold the trial afterwards, it is safer that way." It is not difficult to 
see why such divergent views could not reach a conclusion. 

But the editor happens to know that hundreds of people are earnestly 
praying that our Father God will intervene and show His hand at this 
coming national conference, and therefore we may expect just anything to 
happen, Elijah's God is still here today, and He still answers prayer. Let 
us go up to Carmel and look for the fire to flash upon the altar ! - 



England. Dr. Booth, go back and the wrong way in life. Trace the 

preach the gospel. That is what I record yourself, and all the way 

say to every minister who comes to through the New testament you will 

me." find that the only way to God and 

(Note: The writer is indebted to Heaven is the Blood marked way. 

an article "Reconstruction" by Dr. Yes, the Blood of Jesus Christ, God's 

A. C. Dixon for much of the infor- Son cleanseth us from all sin. Yes, 

mation herein given) . the blood of Christ is precious. It 

is said, if you would mark well in 

THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF ^'^^ every passage in the New testa- 

CHRIST ment which speaks oi sacriiice, the 

,^ . , ^ „, blood, and the death of the Savior, 

(Continued from page 8) ^^^^ ^^^^.^ p^gsage dealing with sal- 

you would have others do unto you," vation as the result of the blood, you 
yet he would receive his salary from will surely find a red highway run- 
Christian people only to lead them ning all the way through. Jesus said 



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"I am the way, the truth and the 
life, and no man cometh unto the 
Father but by me." And listen to 
this verse, "He that climbeth up 
some other way, (Commandments, 
works, morals, etc) is a thief and a 
robber," for "Neither is there sal- 
vation in any other, for there is 
none other name under heaven giv- 
en among men whereby we must be 
saved"— Jn. 14:6; 10:1 and Acts 4: 
12. 

The Blood of Christ is Precious 

Because His Death was a Voluntary 

Death 

In John 10:18 we read, "No man 
taketh my life from me, I have pow- 
er to lay it down, and I have power 
to take it up again." What a cost! 
He turned away from heaven to the 
shame of earth, yea from the Fath- 
er, to look after you and me. How 
precious ! 

The Blood of Christ ivas Precious 
Because His Death ivas a 
Substitutionary Death 
He took our place. 

"He took my place, the Son of God, 
For me Life's thorny pathway trod ; 

On Him my many sins were laid, 
The ransome price He fully paid — 

He took my place, joy divine. 

That I can call this Saviour mine; 
When I shall see Him face to face, 

I'll praise His name who took my place. 

Why the innocent for the guilty? 
The just for the unjust? The an- 
swer is found in I Pet. 3:18, "For 
Christ also hath once suffered for 
sins, the just for the unjust, THAT 
HE MIGHT BRING US TO GOD." 
It means this, that he takes my place 
and offers Himself for me. 2 Cor. 
5:21, "For He hath made Him to be 
sin for us, who knew no sin ; that 
we might be made the righteousness 
of God in Him." — The wages of sin 
is death. And sinner friend know 
this, "We have all sinned and come 
short of God's glory" — We deserve 
to die on that cross, we merited death 



because it was we who sinned. But 
God in His infinite mercy, in His 
wonderful grace, gave His only Son 
in our place. The proud man, the 
society lady, the selfish person, the 
hard hearted stiffnecked man, the 
poor unfortunate down and outer, 
the drunk, the invalid, the high and 
the low, and all alike may come to 
God through Him. Our Christ is no 
respecter of persons. He took the 
place of every man who will receive 
Him as Saviour. That's why Peter 
said, "The Precious blood of Christ," 
the blood atones for all. "See, from 
His head, His hands. His feet, sor- 
row and love flow mingled down, 
did ere such love and sorrow meet, 
or thorns compose so rich a crown?" 

The Blood of Christ is Precious 

Today Because of the Life Giving 

Po2ve)- in the Blood. 

Let me read from the Book of Le- 
viticus, Chapter 17, verse 11, "For 
the life of the flesh is in the blood, 
and I have given it to you upon the 
altar to make an atonement for your 
souls, for it is the blood that maketh 
atonement for the soul." The hymn 
writer knew the power of the blood, 
when he wrote "Would you be free 
from your burden of sin? there is 
power in the blood, Would you o'er 
evil a victory win? There's wonder- 
ful power in the blood." What does 
all this mean? It means this, that 
when Jesus Christ came into this 
world and lived and loved and suf- 
fered ; when His heart broke on Cal- 
vary's cross, and the blood poured 
from His veins. He was laying down 
His life for everyone of you and me. 
I might lay down my life for you, 
it might avail in a certain way. You 
might lay down your life for anoth- 
er. It might avail in a certain way, 
but one thing is sure, it would not 
avail for the soul. Paul writes some- 
thing here in Rom, 5:6-7, "For 
when we were yet without strength 
in due time Christ died for the un- 
godly, for scarcely for a righteous 



August, 1939 



31 



man will one die, yet peradventure 
for a good man some would even 
dare to die, but God commendeth 
His love toward us, in that while we 
were yet sinners Christ died for us." 
The laying down of one man's life 
for another will not avail. The value 
is not there. The value of the life 
determines the value of the blood. 
There is a world of difference here. 
Only God could atone for sin. Jesus 
Christ was God. 

Bij His Blood He Hath Reconciled 
Us Unto God. 
Sin separates the soul from God, 
creates a breach, causes a great gulf, , 
brings in an estrangement, and 
makes it utterly impossible for God 
and the sinner to come together. 
But the blood of Jesus Christ, heals 
this breach, bridges this gulf of 
separation, brings a perfect right- 
eousness, and effects a blessed re- 
conciliation. Turn with me to Col. 
1 :20, "And having made peace 
through the blood of His cross, by 
him to reconcile all things unto Him- 
self." Eph. 2:13, "But now in Christ 
Jesus ye who were sometime far off 
are made nigh by the blood of 
Christ." I could go on and tell you 
why the blood of Christ is precious 



but I must hasten to the conclusion, 
but let me tell you one other thing. 

The Blood of Christ is Precious 

Because it Justifies the Condemned 

Sinner Before God. 

With redemption and reconcilia- 
tion, the sinner in Christ is justified 
and has perfect peace in his justifi- 
cation before God and before man. 
This signifies that the judge pro- 
nounces the accused prisoner who 
stands at the bar of justice guiltless, 
and discharges him at once and for- 
ever. 

The robe that covers us is His 
righteousness, not our own. "0, love, 
thou bottomless abyss. My sins are 
swallowed up in thee ; covered is my 
unrighteousness. No spot of guilt 
remains in me. While Jesus blood 
through earth and skies, mercy, 
free, boundless, mercy cries. Bold 
shall I stand in that great day. For 
nought to my charge shall lay, who, 
while through the blood, absolved I 
am, from sin tremendous curse and 
shame." The blood of Christ is pre- 
cious. God bless you fj'iends, take 
courage today, come to Jesus Christ, 
Let His blood cleanse YOU and 
SAVE you today. God bless you ev- 
eryone. Amen. 



FINANCIAL REPORT FOR JUNE AND JULY 



Note: All gifts are for general fund ex- 
cept those designated as follows: (M.T.) 
Modesto Tent; (Je.M.) Jewish Missions; 
Dist. Miss.) District Missions; (Mag.) 
Magazine; (C.T.) Council Tent. 

1st Brethren Church, 

Long Beach, Calif. Dist. Miss. 324.00 

Verne Stuber,_ 

Frankfort, Indiana. Mag. .50 

Wm. H. Linderman, 

Pomona, Calif. M.T. 1.00 

1st Brethren Church, Ellet, Ohio. 

Mrs. E. J. McClintic. Je.M. 4.00 

Daily Vacation Bible School, 

Mundy's Corner, Pa. 7.50 

2nd Brethren Church, 

Los Angeles, Calif. 

Mr. & Mrs. C. D. Purdy 5.00 



Mr. & Mrs. W. R. McMinn, 



2.00 



7.00 



Total 

1st Brethren Church, 
La Verne, Calif. 

Mrs. Anna Robinson (Je.M.) 10.00 

Miss Dorothy Robinson (Je.M.) 7.00 



Total 17.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth H. Winterowd, 

Kansas City, Mo. 15.00 

Miss Lizzie Bowser, 

New Kensington, Pa 10.00 

1st Brethren Church, 

Limestone, Tenn. 

Gifts less than $5.00 (C.T.) 9.25 

A Sister in Christ (Je.M.) 5.00 

Respectfully submitted, 
R. PAUL MILLER, Secretary. 



32 The Brethren Herald 

ACROSS THE NATION were immediately made for aggres- 
sive spreading of the gospel and new 
(Continued from page 28) Brethren Churches. Arrangements 
^, , 1 ^ 1 T 1 were made for the holding of a Bi- 
periences these delegates had been ^le Conference at our Fort Wayne 
gomg through that day m the con- church, August 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. 
ference was very marked. It seemed Services of nationally known 
as though they had stepped mto a speakers have been secured. Cor- 
^^^^^ world. ^j^l invitation is extended to all of 
After remarks by several of the our Michigan and Ohio Brethren to 
group in which optimism and cour- join us in this conference and share 
age seemed paramount, officers its blessing, for it is going to be a 
were elected, and committees ap- real time of rejoicing in the Lord, 
pointed to care for the continuation Lodging and breakfast will be pro- 
of the affairs of the group. Plans vided free of charge. 



ANNOUNCING THE 

liana Brethren Bible Conference 

AUGUST ONE, TWO, THREE 

; ^^^m : TO BE HELD AT 

:.:*- :':•■'■ THE ^ 

FIRST BRETHREN CHURCH 

-3326 South Calhoun Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana 

HEAR 
THESE NATIONALLY KNOWN SPEAKERS 

DR. L. S. BAUMAN DR. J. C. BEAL PROFESSOR ALVA J. McCLAIN 

PROFESSOR HERMAN HOYT REV. R. D. BARNARD REV. CHAS./ MAYES 

REV. OSCAR WAGO REV. CURTISS MORRILL 

This Bible Conference has been organized for the purpose of Bible Study and Christian 
fellowship — which was not granted many delegates in the Indiana District Conference, 
and were denied a seat as delegates because they refused to subscribe to Ashland Col- 
lege support, and also to the support of the Missionary Board of the Brethren Church 
and its present policies. Fifty-nine persons attending district conference which was 
held at Shipshewana Lake, refusing to subscribe to the so-called Credential Guidance 
Resolutions, (which was passed by a picked body,) met and formed the Indiana Breth- 
ren Bible Conference organization. Electing the following, to serve as temporary of- 
ficers: President, Leo Polman; Secretary, R^ Paul Millr, Treasurer, William Johanson; 
Extension Committee, Jas. Cook; Arthur Carey; Russell Williams; J. Wesley Miller; 
and Clark Sipe. 

All members of the Brethren Church in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio are eligible to 
membership in this conference. 

The Host Church will provide usual courtesies of lodging to those in regular attend- 
ance at the conference. Reservations mav be made bv writing to First Brethren 
Church, 3326 So. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne, ^Indiana. 

Conference sessions, Tuesday afternoon and evening, all day Wednesday and 
Thursday. 

THIS IS YOUR INVITATION TO VISIT .rrrTrim' ■ 





"F^IO^W r BAiy 



BRETHREN 
HERALD 



THE NEW FORT WAYNE BRETHREN CHURCH 




Where the Indiana Brethren Bible Conference ivas held 



SEPTEMBER, 1939 



THE 




BFLETHREN 


HERALD 


Official organ 


of 


THE BRETHREN HOME MISSIONS COUNCIL 1 



Volume 1 No. 6 

Entered as second-class matter February 9, 1939, at the post office at Ashland, Ohio, 

under the Act of March 3, 1879. 

R. Paul Miller, editor 

Paul R. Bauman Roy A. Patterson 

associate editors 

WEDDING BELLS WILL RING ! ! 

On Tuesday morning August twenty second, at the Ellet Brethren 
Church, Ellet, Ohio, Brother Kenneth Ashman and Miss Harriet Maryin, 
of Akron, Ohio, will be united in marriage at eleven o'clock. Rev. Charles 
Ashman, father of the groom, will be assisted in the marriage service by 
Rev. Tom Hammers, brother-in-law of the groom. Brother Kenneth Ash- 
man is well known as the National Superintendent of the Brethren Stu- 
dent Life Volunteers. He is one of the rising young ministers of the Breth- 
ren Church, and is pastor of the Mundy's Corner Brethren Church. The 
bride is a registered nurse, and has been employed at the Akron Hospital 
for several years. We unitedly extend our best wishes to these young folks 
and pray God's best blessings upon them and the work to which they are 
called in the service of Our Lord and Master. 

CONTENTS 

Wedding Bells Will Ring 2 Brethren Student Life 

How Secure Is Security In Christ 3 Volunteers 16 

The Observer 5 Breakfast Is Ready 17 

Across The Nation With Additional B.S.L.V. Members . . 17 

Our Secretary 9 Fiftv Dollars a Month ". 18 

A Bible Institute 12 A Mark to Shoot At 23 

Our Unceasing Prayer Band ... 13 Annual Report 27 



The Herald is published monthly at the office of The Brethren Publishing Co., 
324 Orange Street, Ashland, Ohio, by The Brethren Home Missions Council, 

Berne, Indiana. 

Subscription rate, fifty cents per year. Those who give five dollars or more 
per year to the work of the Brethren Home Missions Council will receive this 
magazine regularly. Fifty cents each is deducted from such gifts to defray 
cost of the magazine. Changes of address should be sent to our office thirty 
days before they are made to avoid loss of copies. 



September, 1939 



HOW SECURE 

IS 

SECURITY IN CHRIST? 

Orville A. Lorenz, Pastor, Meyersdale, Pa. 



"Is my salvation in Christ really- 
safe for all eternity?" is a question 
often asked by anxious souls. Others 
may ask it in words similar to this 
question, "Once I am saved, can I 
ever be lost again?" There are only 
two answers that can be given to 
these questions: "Yes" or "No." 

Briefly stated, these questions 
and their answers, involve the doc- 
trine of the Eternal Security of the 
believer. It would appear that a 
clear statement of this doctrine is 
needed today, and I have been asked 
to prepare such. In the discussion 
of this doctrine I shall give you 
what God's word has to say, not the 
vain imaginations of men. What 
God says is most important, what 
man says about it really does not 
matter. Naturally in a short article 
it is impossible to tell all that 
should, or could, be said concerning 
this truth, for it is supported by and 
implied by all the great truths of 
Scripture. 

The real issue involved in the doc- 
trine of eternal security concerns 
the work of Christ upon the Cross. 
Did His atoning death only make it 
possible for God to save us from 
our sins, or did that death make it 
possible for God to SAVE us from 
our sins and to KEEP US ETER- 
NALLY SAVED? Surely it is ob- 
vious, even from a superficial 
study, that the Scriptures teach that 
the Cross both saves us and keeps 
us. This may seem foolish to some 
— "but the preaching of the cross is 



to them that perish foolishness ; but 
unto us which are saved it is the 
power of God." Disbelief in this 
doctrine of Security is founded 
mainly upon observation and human 
reason and not upon Divine revela- 
tion. Some men in their arrogance 
may regard this doctrine as a 
"man-made philosophy but if they 
would read their Bible and believe 
what Christ says they would find it 
a truth enunciated by Him. By the 
Cross, "God has made foolish the 
wisdom of this world." If you be- 
lieve in the authority of God's Holy 
Word you will believe also in the 
keeping power of the Lord over His 
own. 

We have read of an African con- 
vert who sized up the situation 
rather well. He likened those who 
teach the insecurity of the believer 
to a monkey which carries its young 
upon its back. If the little monkey 
loses its grip, it falls off. The 
teaching of Eternal Security, he 
said, was like the cat which carries 
its kitten in its mouth. If the kitten 
falls, it is the older cat who is re- 
sponsible. Thank God, my salvation 
does not depend upon my grip on 
God but upon His grip upon me. 
The Lord says, Heb. 13:5, "I will 
never let you go." Again in John 
Jesus says, "No one shall snatch 
them (His sheep) out of my Hand." 
He has power to hold the Believer 
secure. 

Eternal Security does not teach 
that it is "impossible for a saved 



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person to be lost, no matter what he 
may do." When anyone says that 
Security teaches that a saved per- 
son may be saved "no matter what 
he may do," he expresses his pro- 
found ignorance of this Scriptural 
doctrine. When teaching us the doc- 
trine of Salvation at Ashland Sem- 
inary, Prof. McClain said in his in- 
troductory remarks about Security 
(Security is a part of the doctrine 
of Salvation) "The doctrine of Se- 
curity does not mean that a person 
will be saved no matter what he 
does. This would break down all 
morality and be against the stand- 
ards of the Bible. It would empty 
Salvation of all its meaning as Sal- 
vation is FROM sins." (Statement 
quoted from lecture notes taken in 
class). Furthermore, when a person 
is saved he no longer does as he 
pleases, but AS HE (CHRIST) 
PLEASES. 

Nor is the teaching of Security to 
be identified with that of "sinless 
perfectionism" or a "holier than 
thou" attitude. The believer in 
Christ must always struggle with 
sin. Sin dwells in the believer, but 
it does not reign. Sin reigns in the 
unbeliever. A sheep may fall into 
the mud, but the sheep will not lie 
down and wallow in it like the hog. 
The born-again person may fall into 
sin, but he will not, like the unre- 
generate, lie in it. 

The doctrine of "eternal security" 
speaks only of the redeemed. It does 
not necessarily speak of those bap- 
tized in water and belonging to the 
church. The only difference with 
some who have been baptized in 
water, is that they went into the 
pool dry and came out wet. We can- 
not help but notice, that many of 
those opposed to this doctrine and 
who say it is "foreign" to Scripture, 
will turn right around and teach the 
"security by baptism in water" 
which is most decidedly unscriptur- 
al. In using the term "believer" 1 



speak concerning the one who has 
been saved by God's grace because 
of the blood of Christ shed on Cal- 
vary, who by faith has received 
Christ as Saviour, who has been 
united with Him, justified, regener- 
ated, and sanctified. All this is in- 
volved in Salvation. When anyone 
challenges the believer's security in 
Christ, he challenges the work of 
our Lord. 

In this paper I am dealing only 
with the positive teaching of Scrip- 
ture concerning this wonderful 
truth. All passages which might 
seem to refute this teaching, w^hen 
taken in the light of their context, 
will not teach that salvation is in- 
secure. Only through misinterpreta- 
tion will they seem to refute the 
Scriptural teaching of security. It 
is obvious that the Scripture cannot 
teach Security and insecurity at the 
same time. The golden rule of in- 
terpretation says, "When the plain 
sense of Scripture makes common 
sense, seek no other sense ; therefore 
take every word at its primary, or- 
dinary, usual, literal meaning unless 
the facts of the context indicate 
clearly otherwise." We shall use 
that rule and abide by this princi- 
ple, "Where a doctrine is taught in 
any passage or passages clearly and 
simply; doubtful passages must be 
interpreted in the light of the clear 
passages and not to be used against 
it." 

GOD'S WORD ASSURES THE 
BELIEVER THAT HIS SALVA- 
TION IS ETERNALLY SECURE 
BECAUSE OF THE PURPOSE 
AND WORK OF THE TRIUNE 
GOD. (Please read Ephesians 1:1- 
14). Please note that Paul, inspired 
of God, is writing to the "saints and 
faithful in Christ Jesus." In verses 
4-6 he tells us that God the Father 
in the past ("before the foundation 
of the world") "chose us in Him;" 
and at the present time He gives us 
(Continued on page 18). 




PEACE AT The seventh beatitude reads, "Blessed are the peace- 

ANY PRICE? makers, for they shall be called the sons of God." Matt. 
5:9. What a price men are willing to pay in order to have 
peace! What a price God the Father paid in order to have peace with 
men until the thing that has broken peaceful relations between them has 
ward form of unity assuming that such a move will effectually bring peace 
between God and man if sin had not been met in that awful battle at Cal- 
vary and completely overcome. Nor can there be any real peace between 
men until the thing that has broken peaceful relations between them has 
been destroyed. To ignore the cause of trouble and bring about an out- 
ward form of unity assuming that such a move will effectually bring peace 
and progress, is a great mistake. For man to try to meet God at any place 
but Calvary, where settlement was made would mean immediate judgment. 
Likewise, for men to try to carry on any work in one body except on the 
basis of a real and actual settlement that brings satisfaction and tranquil 
relations born of a restoration of fellowship based on confidence and unity 
of mind and faith, would but mean the continuance of an unhappy struggle. 

There is no field in which this fact is more evident than in the work 
of the church. Whether it is a single congregation, or a larger group that 
is involved, wherever these is a great spiritual work being done and mul- 
titudes being saved, you have a work where there is unity from top to bot- 
tom in passion and method of work. But where there is one like this, there 
are hundreds of church organizations that have been standing still for 
years, deadlocked by cross purposes among the leadership, lack of unity 
in theological views, and totally differing methods of work. It is evident 
that the Devil has held a large per cent of the churches in impotence for 
generations in just this way. 

To assume a peace that is not real, a peace that does not have the ring 
of fellowship, understanding, and sincere co-operation in it will do more 
harm to the cause of Christ than can be measured. To simply hang to- 
gether in an outward organization just for the sake of the appearance of 
things when every meeting but emphasizes the differences of all involved, 
and results in the growth of bitterness, deadness of spirit, and the utter 
stalemating of the work of the Lord, is not the work of wise men. 

If the differences which now exist within the Brethren Denomination, 
and which have existed for so many years, are not capable of adjustment 
for any reason whatsoever, no true and wise friend of this work of the 
Lord could recommend a false assumption of unity by merely continuing 
all in the same organization. While the consciences of the ministers would 
suffer as they brought pressure to bear upon their members to return each 
year to a continual dog fight to the dishonor of God, the spiritual life of 



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the membership would be steadily dying. Peace at anj^ price would be at 
an awful price, the price of the very life of the entire Brethren Church. 
The only peace that can truly be considered is one that is brought aboui 
by the Spirit of God. It must be a peace born of a true revival within the 
ranks of the church itself from the top down. Nothing else will do. It 
must be a peace that is built upon a new and real understanding and sym- 
pathy with each other's views and purposes. It must be a peace built upon 
a true and complete oneness in our theological views. Without and adjust- 
ment of theological views no kind of peace would last till the delegates got 
home. 

Sometimes peace can only be had by the separation of those concerned. 
That seemed to be the only way out for Paul and Barnabas. They did not 
differ on doctrine at all, but over policies of the work. The true peacemak- 
ers will make a real peace, and not a thing that is not real. Such will show 
themselves to be the children of God, and they will glorify God. 



SHALL WE GO Every day or so the mail brings us queries as to 

TO LAW what we should do if the drastic threats of legal action 

being made by one of the ministers of the Brethren 

Church to thus seize the Boards and Institutions of the Brethren Church 

and its properties is carried out. How any Brethren minister could do 

such a thing, or even to threaten it, and still consider himself a true 

Brethren minister is a puzzle. We fear that this dear Brother and those 

who look to him to speak and act for them, are in for some real surprises. 

It would do a lot of folks good, we believe, if they would cool off long 

enough to sit down and ask themselves the question, 

"When do Brethren cease to be Brethren?" 

There is nothing that the Brethren Church has been more outstand- 
ingly noted for than that they have always forbidden Brother to go to 
law with Brother. Just how any action that is flatly contradictory to one 
of the basically historic tenets of the Brethren since the very beginning 
of the Brethren movement, can hope to succeed against those who con- 
sistently conform to true Brethren faith and practices, is a matter they 
should seriously consider. How its promoters could possibly expect to en- 
joy the favor of God upon such a move is also a mystery. What Scriptural 
justification can there be for such action? If it is not supported by Holy 
Writ, how can it be justified before the courts of Heaven? How could 
anyone sincerely pray over the matter and ask God to bless the move? 



I BRETHREN HOME MISSIONS COUNCIL | 

o Beme, Indiana. $( 

|; Enclosed please find $ as a gift to the work of % 

% the Council, in spreading the Gospel throughout America. o 

$ Name . address o 

(Cut out and mail.) 



September, 1939 7 

How can any people professing to preach and teach the whole word of 
God ignore the following injunction from 1 Cor. 6:1-8. 

"Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the un- 
just, and not before the saints ?....! speak to your shame. Is it so that there 
is not a wise man among you? No, not one that shall be able to judge be- 
tween his Brethren? But Brother goeth to law with Brother, and that before 
the unbelievers. Now therefore, there is utterly a fault among you, because 
ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong ? Why do 
ye not rather be defrauded" ? 

Would Alexander Mack approve of such a move ? Does not the Broth- 
er who is making these law threats claim to be a superb disciple and de- 
fender of Alexandr Mack's tachings? Does he not realize that his whole 
case as a defender of the Historic Brethren faith and people will be to- 
tally destroyed by the very action he is taking? 

No matter what happens the writer will not personally resort to the 
"Courts of Caesar" to disfranchize any brother, or group of Brethren, 
or any congregation, or to seize any property that has been accumulated 
by the sacrifices of the saints of God. We may be hailed into court to 
defend ourselves, but we will never instigate procedings in the civil courts 
in behalf of the affairs of the Church of Christ. We would rather "Take 
wrong." We believe this would please God. We believe that His blessing 
afterward would more than quickly restore all that may be lost in this 
way. Too many true and fundamental churches and ministers have clung 
to a deadening union with an ecclessiastic hierarchy that is sapping the 
life out of them, rather than to lose some property. We don't need the 
property, but we do need the blessing and favor of God. 



HOW DO How easy it is to pray for your loved ones and friends. 

WE PRAY? We often find it very difficult to pray for those who are 

not only not friends, but who are antagonistic toward us. 

The exhortation in Matthew 5:44, 45 needs much emphasis today for 
many of us. 

"But I say unto you, 'Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to 
them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use you, and persecute 
you, that ye may be the children of your Father which is in Heaven." 

It is altogether possible to love and pray for those who disagree with 

us. We can just as sincerely and heartily pray for those who differ with 
us as for any others. The shortest way to understanding with those who 
oppose us in through prayer. This does not infer that prayer can always 
bring contradictory views together, but it enables one of two things to be 
realized. Either there will be an adjustment of views or there will be sep- 
aration with a Christian spirit. One thing is sure, you cannot hold bitter- 
ness in your heart for one you are earnestly praying for. Let each of us 
see that we show the true spirit of children of God by truly praying ^or 
those who disagree with us. It will please Our Father God and it may be 
just what they need in the trial they too are passing through. 



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o o 

% WE BELIEVE GOD t 

J: WANTS US TO HAVE I 

t AN EVANGELISTIC TENT t 

^^ It is a most gratifying thing the way God has laid the burden of pro- V' 

$ viding for the Evangelistic tent oin so many hearts. Through the mail gifts y 

<r. have been coming right along. Nothing large, but the number has been o 

% increasing. At each conference we have attended people have beon coming .T, 

^' to us and offering us gifts for the tent. By the time the folks at our An- |i* 

O nual Meeting get through with their gifts we believe the cost of the tent v 

A and its equipment will be fully provided for. .^ 

<: NOW— >: 

^' What are YOU planning to do about it? If you are coming to National 'x, 

<• Conference, tuck away a nice sized bill in a special place where it will be '^ 

X sure to not be spent for anything else, and then place it in the offering for 4> 

V the tent when it is taken. If you will NOT be able to come; to Conference, .*, 

O send your gifts with some one else, or mail to us at Berne or at Winona *x 

t Lake. DONT FAIL TO HAVE A PART IN THIS FINE WORK FOR THE ^• 

t lord: S 

THE BRETHREN The stormy seas through which the Brethren 

CHURCH Church is now passing has caused some to get dis- 

WILL GO ON couraged regarding the future. Some have seen an end 
to the Brethren cause and many other dire results of 
the present controversy. All of which leads us to say that we believe that 
these days and these trials are but the refining fires that are burning out 
much of the dross that has drug along through all these years. It is go- 
ing to do us all good. We will all be better for the trial when it is over. 
Many people are learning to really pray who never had a prayer life before. 
Many people are learning what the Brethren Church really stands for, for 
the first time in their lives. The proper emphasis of the gospel for the 
saving of souls and for the culture of the saints of God is being recognized 
as never before. Zeal for the truth and for the spreading of the gospel 
is stirring up the sacrifices and gifts of our people in a way never before 
seen. Young people are being stirred with the passion to preach the gos- 
pel and are responding to the call for life service to Christ in a manner 
never before witnessed in the Brethren Church. All these things point 
to the fact that the Brethren Church will go on no matter what happens at 
the coming National Conference. Not only will she go on, but she will go 
on to the greatest future possible, for God is working in her to glorify 
Himself. He has a great ministry for the Brethren Church with her whole 
gospel message, and He is but getting a people ready to carry that gospel 
on as a great evangel till Our Lord Jesus Christ returns. May His Blessed 
Spirit save us from getting our eyes on man, or on property, or organiza- 
tions, or on anything else that would hold us back from this great com- 
m'ssion to take the gospel to the world in this generation. The Brethren 
Church is going on greater than ever till Jesus Comes. Blessed is the man 
who will have a part in her glorious ministrv that when He comes He will 
find him faithful. Praise God, WE ARE GOING ON AND ON AND ON!! 



A CROSS 
me NA TION 



with our Secretary 




ONE A few days more 

WONDERFUL at the office try- 
CONFERENCE ing to clear up the 
pile of work that 
had gathered. Then we filled the 
pulpit of the Fort Wayne Church for 
one Sunday while the pastor was 
away in a conference in Southern 
Ohio, After this, we took our way 
to Rittman, Ohio, where the first 
Conference of the East Central Dis- 
trict of Brethren Churches was 
meeting. This new group of church- 
es was formed in the month of May 
this year for the purpose of provid- 
ing a fellowship of peace and evan- 



gelistic and missionary endeavor 
which they had been unable to en- 
joy before. 

The remarkable progress that had 
been made in the permanency of this 
organization in so short a time was 
most unusual. A constitution and 
full conference officers and commit- 
tees were functioning almost from 
the start. A fine spirit of unity pre- 
vailed. Through it all, the spirit of 
optimism was simply contagious. 
There wasn't a note of discourage- 
ment heard anywhere. The one 
thing that impressed one from the 
outside, was the apparent passion 




Part of the membership of the Indiana Bible Conference 



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to win souls, start new Bible classes 
in needy sections and establish new 
churches. 

The theme of the Conference was 
"Jesus Christ, the Pre-eminent." 
His pre-eminence in the church, in 
the word of God, in the heavens, in 
the individual, and in the ages, fill- 
ed the minds and hearts of all pres- 
ent. Jesus Christ was lifted up, 
earnestly, faithfully, and powerful- 
ly by the speakers as the theme de- 
veloped from step to step. The one 
desire seemed to be to exalt Jesus 
Christ and to make Him the center 
around which everything the con- 
ference stood for should gather. No 
finer tribute to the passion that 
burns in the hearts of these people 
could be found. Any group who ex- 
alt Jesus Christ will be blessed and 
prospered by God. 

The Rittman church extended a 
very fine welcome to all the dele- 
gates and visitors. There were not 
a great many who stayed over night 
for most of the churches co-operat- 
ing were not many miles away, and 
that led most of the delegates to re- 
turn home each night after the ser- 
vices. This church is blessed in be- 
ing located near a city park that 
provided the finest kind of shade 
and comfort to the delegates. Many 
of the Board meetings were held out 
under the trees in real comfort, as 
were also some of the meetings of 
the women and girls. The last af- 
ternoon meeting was also held out 
under the trees on a slope in the 
park. It was all very nice and at- 
tractive. If it had not been for 
these accomodations, the terrific 
heat that swept over the country 
during those three days would have 
made such a meeting indeed diffi- 
cult. But as it was, all was well. 

Perhaps the most outstanding 
characteristic of the conference was 
the intense evangelistic and mis- 
sionary spirit that prevailed. The 



District Missionary Board is about 
the most wide awake and zealous 
groups we have ever seen. Only a 
few weeks old, yet they have found 
open doors on every side. The evan- 
gelistic spirit in the breasts of these 
ministers that lead the churches of 
this new district is simply great. 
One field was definitely settled up- 
on for a new congregation to be es- 
tablished in. Another will be de- 
veloped before National Conference 
arrives. Other fields were under 
serious consideration and will likely 
be developed during the year. All of 
this pleases the Lord. A most un- 
usual departure was made at this 
conference in which the District 
Mission Board and the Brethren 
Home Mission Council are to work 
in closest harmony in mutual devel- 
opment of all new churches in the 
District. No district mission offer- 
ing is to be taken. All efforts are 
to be centered in the National Home 
Mission Offering to be taken up at 
Thanksgiving time each year, with 
the purpose of making this offering 
equal to as much if not more than 
both district and national Home 
Mission offerings used to be. The 
administrative policies and the ap- 
propriations for all mission church- 
es in the district are to be decided 
upon mutually at the annual meet- 
ing of the Council at which instruc- 
ted members of the district Board 
shall be present. We believe this is 
one of the most forward movements 
for successful coordination of effort 
in Home Missions, and will prove to 
be a criterion for other districts in 
their Home Mission work also. 

The conference will meet next 
year at Canton, Ohio, with Brother 
Niswonger and his people. The date 
of next year's conference will be the 
third week of June. By the time 
that session rolls around we dare say 
that the reports of progress and soul 
winning will register victory after 
victory for our Blessed Lord. Amen ! 



September, 19 89 



11 



THE TENT Our First 

MEETINGS IN Brethren Church 
PHILADELPHIA in the City of 
Philadelphia i s 
beginning a new work in the North- 
ern part of that City with a view to 
moving the entire work of the pres- 
ent congregation to the new site as 
soon as possible. They have bought 
a splendidly located piece of ground 



They had their Pastor out for a day 
of fishing the Saturday before the 
meetings opened on July 16th. I 
don't know what the boys did to him 
but he looked a good bit like he had 
been greased and roasted and then 
turned over, when I first saw him ! ! 
The boys had some very embarras- 
sing pictures of him looking quite 
forlorn and looking over a ship's 




Executive Committee of Indiana Bible Conference. Left to right standing: Arthur 

Carey, Clark Sipe, James Cook, J. Wesley Miller, Russel Williams. 
Seated: Leo Polman, Robert Ashman. R. Paul Miller, Wm. Johanson. 



with no real church work being car- 
ried on near by. They were certain- 
ly fortunate in purchasing ground 
at a moderate figure. It seems that 
the Lord simply opened up the way. 
There is a mighty fine group of 
men among the laymen of this 
Church and they had made the prep- 
arations for the meeting with char- 
acteristic efficiency. The Men's Bi- 
ble Class of this Church is truly the 
Pastor's right hand. There is a fine 
spirit of fellowship among them. 



rail. I leave you to guess the rest ! ! 
It was mutually agreed that every 
man that did not catch a fish on 
that trip should have his shirt tail 
cut off. The Pastor did not have 
any fish to bring home but how he 
managed to keep the tail of his 
shirt, we do not understand. He is 
a pretty good schemer ! ! However, 
they all seemed ready for the meet- 
ings when we got there. 

The tent meetings were designed 
(Continued on page 14). 



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A BIBLE INSTITUTE FOR 

THE ALLENTOWN 

BRETHREN 

CHURCH 



At a recent meeting of the AUentown, Pennsylvania, Brethren 
congregation, it was decided to start a Bible Institute in their 
Church. The Bible school will have a staff of seven teachers, and 
it will have the co-operation and assistance of the Perkasie 
School of the Open Bible, and also of the Philadelphia School of 
the Bible. The work successfully done in its classes will be ful- 
ly recognized by all of the schools associated with the Evangeli- 
cal Teacher Training Association. After completion of the coui-se 
of training in this Liew school, their credits will be fully recog- 
nized at any of these Bible Institutes, and with one year more 
of resident work at one of these schools, the student may obtain 
a fully credited diploma. 

The School will operate for thirty six weeks of the year on 
each Monday and Tuesday evening, with three classes on each 
night. Those who do not desire to obtain credits, but wish only 
to have the benefit of the Bible Studies and related subjects can 
attend as to a popular Bible Class without examination. 

We have such community Bible Schools in Uniontown, Pa., 
Whittier, California, and' now at AUentown. Any tiaie revival of 
power must be built upon the fervent study of the Word of God. 
The appearance of these new schools is the sign of a genuine 
spiritual revival throughout our Brotherhood. We could have 
one in almost every one of our churches. Nothing could add more 
to the power and effectiveness of the gospel and build strong 
churches than a Bible Institute with a weekly hour on the radio. 

Brethren Churches everywhere are rising to their opportun- 
ities and are undertaking greater things for God. 



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September, 1939 is 

o 

Our Unceasing Prayer Band | 

'"But prayer was made ivithout ceasing of the Church unto God" o 

Acts 12:5. 3 

y 

"Faith, mighty faith, ^ 

The promise sees, O- 

A 

And looks to God alone; ^, 

Laughs at impossibilities, ^ 

~ And cries, 'It shall be done'." 'O 

1. Pray for the approaching National Conference of the Brethren Church. C 

Ask that the Spirit of the Living God shall take things into His own % 

hands and bring about that which will glorify our Lord the most. Ask 'x 

that all plans that are not to His glory shall be broken and laid aside. -'> 

Ask that regardless of differences of opinion, that no ill wall shall o 

4> be held in any heart. If you are able to attend, pray much before you '^. 

% come. If you cannot come, pray at home while conference is going on. 'i* 

. V 

*i- . , *^ 

V 2. By the time this issue reaches your hands, the annual meeting of the •■> 
•!> National Directors of the Home Missions Council will be in session. .% 
<% They will have many difficult problems to meet and solve, and we ask x 

V that you remember them in prayer that divine wisdom be given them y 

O for their task. O 

V -^ 
••• 3. Do not forget to pray for the annual Conference offering foi- Home vr> 

V Missions which will go this year for the purchase of a tent and its V 
y equipment to be used in evangelistic work in our new fields. Ask the v 
<• Lord for $.500.00 for it. 1-1 

K 4. The new field at Wooster, Ohio, presents many problems that need i^ 

% much help from God to solve. This is a great field and should be en- $ 

4' tered at once. C* 

•Jr. .5. Pray for the new field at North Akron. We are holding a revival meet- ,J« 

% ing there right after Conference in the effort to start a permanent |^ 

% work. Brother Charles Ashman will be holding the meeting. By all *;^ 

4* means remember this enterpriso for God. O 

% 6. The Brethren Student Life Volunteers will hold their meetings at Beth- X 

^] any Camp during National Conference week. These will be great days % 

^ of decision for many of these young people. Pray that many young men v 

O shall definitely be led into the ministry where they are so greatly need- C* 

A ed today. •:% 

X 7. The call has gone out to all the ministers of the Brethren Church to % 

$ meet at Winona Lake on Friday and Saturday before National Con- v 

% ference to discuss and pray over our general problems due to the pres- rp. 

% ent controversy. By all means remember them in prayer that much '^ 

^ may be accomplished through this gathering for the Glory of God. 'i^ 



u 



The Brethren HeraM 




Ministers at the Fort Wayne Bible Conference 



ACROSS THE NATION 

(Continued from page 11). 
to introduce the faith of the Breth- 
ren Church to the new community 
and the program was shaped to that 
end. Several other speakers had 
preceded the writer in the tent ser- 
vices, so things were going well 
from the start. As we expected, the 
meetings had the finest kind of 
special music, a good song leader, 
fine attendance, and we enjoyed a 
wonderful spirit among the people. 
It was a joy to meet again many of 
the friends and students from the 
Philadelphia School of the Bible and 
from other meetings which we had 
conducted previously in other parts 
of the City. It was easy to preach 
to these folks for the eight days we 
were there. They love the Word. 
We found a most excellent response 
from the local community and be- 
lieve that the Church has not made 
a mistake in the choice of location 
for this new work. It was a pleasure 
to fellowship again with Brother A, 
V. Kimmell who has been leading 
this church in its work for the past 
nine years. It is always a pleasure 
to work with him. We were glad al- 



so for the privilege of having a 
good visit with Brother Ed Wolf 
who has been a stalwart lover of 
Home Missions and a most excellent 
counsellor, and a present member of 
the Board of Directors of the Home 
Missions Council. 

Our home while there was with 
Brother and Sister Charles Croker. 
A finer home and a finer Christian 
spirit could not prevail anywhere. 
Their generous love and fellowship 
knew no bounds. Although our stay 
was short, we were privileged to en- 
joy the hospitality of the homes of 
many of our friends of other days. 
It is a joy to note that their love for 
the Lord is as warm and true as 
ever. 

It was a real privilege to attend 
one session of the Keswick Confer- 
ence at Keswick, New Jersey. There 
we met again Addison Raws, Dir- 
ector of Keswick, A. T. Stewart, a 
member of the Board at Keswick 
and a former student of ours in the 
Philadelphia School of the Bible, Dr. 
Lambie of the Sudan Mission, and 
Dr. Walter Legters of the Central 
American Mission, who spoke that 
morning. We had not seen these 



Septev2ber, 1939 



15 



men for many years, and it was a 
pleasure to renew our acquaintance. 
It was also a joy to us to learn that 
our daughter Martha had yielded 
her life wholly to Christ at Keswick, 
the week before. All in all we great- 
ly enjoyed the Philadelphia trip. 



THE 

SOUTHEASTERN 

BRETHREN 

BIBLE 

CONFERENCE 



Directly from 
the meetings in 
Philadelphia we 
drove to Cov- 
ington, Va., for 
the first session 
of the new Bible Conference among 
the Brethren of that District. On 



congregation has entertained, but 
they and their pastor did a royal job 
of it. Meals were served in the base- 
ment on the free will offering plan, 
and as usual so far as we know, it 
was very successful. The meals were 
excellent. 

Dr. J. C. Beal and the writer were 
the only speakers from outside the 
District. We were privilged to be 
entertained in the home of Brother 
and Sister Schneider. It was a 
great pleasure to once more enjoy 
the blessings of this Christian home. 

Dr. Beal, Homer Kent and the 
writer were the only speakers at 
this Conference. There was an ex- 
cellent attendance which increased 




A Group of Those Attending the Southeastern Brethren Bible Conference. 



the way we stopped in at Waynes- 
boro to see Rev. Robert Crees, who 
is doing such a wonderful work for 
Christ at that place. God is greatly 
using Brother Crees to bear a true 
testimony fearlessly for Him. 

We found the Covington Church 
ready for the Conference with all 
the characteristic Southern hospi- 
tality unexcelled. This is the first 
Conference of any kind that this 



steadily to the last day. The Church- 
es of the District were very loyal to 
the Conference and sent large dele- 
gations. There was a delegation al- 
so from the Second Brethren 
Church of Hagerstown, Maryland. 
Brother Roy Long is pastor of this 
Church. The local people were ex- 
ceedingly faithful to the meetings 
and the night services just about 
(Continued to page 23). 



16 



The Brethren Herald 



BRETHREN STUDENT LIFE 
VOLUNTEERS 

Kenneth B. Ashman, Conemaugh, Penna., Supt. 



Roanoke, Virginia, 
June 20, 1939 
To the members of The Brethren 
Student Life Volunteers: 
To make the definite decision 
that we will yield ourselves to the 
Lord Jesus Christ according to Ro- 
mans 12:1, 2 is the most important 
step that any Christian can take to 
make his life count to its fullest ex- 
tent for God. Anything less than the 



Volunteers who will heed this com- 
mand and constitute that group that 
God will so wonderfully use today. 
Such persons who are willing to go 
the whole way with their Lord and 
Master will be in the minority when 
it comes to numbers ; but they will 
be the very salt of the earth for real 
usefulness. And if that group were 
so small that it would be just one, 
yourself, it would be far better for 




Listie's Student Life Volunteers. 



full presentation of ourselves to 
Him will mean ineffective service, 
defeated living and the failure to en- 
joy the fullness of our salvation. 
The Brethren Church, and every 
other church for that matter, must 
have such pastors, missionaries and 
laymen in its ranks if it is to accom- 
plish the work that the Lord has 
preserved it to do in these last days. 
To you comes the call to become one 
among other Brethren Student Life 



you to be one with God than lost in 
the crowd that has little desire to do 
His will. But we know that while 
you are making the decision to pre- 
sent yourself a living sacrifice to 
God there are "seven thousand in 
Israel, all the knees which have not 
bowed unto Baal" who are also go- 
ing to make the same decision in 
spite of the attempts of the combin- 
ed efforts of the world, flesh and 
the devil to stop them. 



September, 1939 



17 



You have no doubt already felt 
the thrill of serving Jesus Christ. 
Isn't it a glorious privilege to be in 
His service? Think of it! We have 
the opportunity of taking to men, 
women, boys and girls the GOSPEL 
which is the sure remedy for every 
spiritual sickness. Christ came to 
seek and to save that which was 
lost. And now that He is with the 
Father God He has entrusted to us 
the high and holy honor of present- 
ing Him to this lost world with the 
assurance that those who will re- 
ceive Him WILL BE SAVED. This 
past winter I have been interested 
in reading about some of the new 
discoveries in medicines that make 
great promises of wiping out the 
terrible large number of fatalities 
from the dreaded disease pneumon- 
ia. I read where one professor of a 
large medical school stated that with 
a certain kind of new medicine peo- 
ple would no more die of this dis- 
ease. As other diseases have been 
conquered to some extent by nev/ 
medicines and treatments so this 
may be the case with pneumonia; 
but no matter how good the medi- 
cine used there are always some who 
die in spite of every discovery in 
medical science. The victim may 
have implicit faith in the medicine 
and it may be used exactly right, 
and still the patient die. This is not 
the case with the Gospel of our Lord 
Jesus Christ. IT NEVER FAILS. 

Now it is our business to take this 
spiritual cure-all to the whole world. 
This will be a discouraging task at 
times for the great mass of people 
who are sick unto death will refuse 
the cure in spite of the many proofs 
that it will save them even as it has 
saved countless millions. Whether 
men will or will not receive the mes- 
sage is not our business. Ours is to 
witness. Then the responsibility of 
rejecting this Christ is placed 
squarely upon their hearts. But even 
though the task will many times be 



a discouraging one, there will be the 
times when some will accept Christ 
and be saved and the joy of being a 
soul-winner will transcend any 
other joy that has ever been yours. 

Yours in the greatest work in the 
world, H. W. Koontz. 



BREAKFAST IS READY 

The high-light of spiritual activi- 
ties for B.S.L.V. members at the 
Brethren National Conference will 
be the "Volunteer Breakfast" to be 
held at Bethany, Wednesday morn- 
ing, bright and early. Leaders of 
the Brethren Home Missions Coun- 
cil, and Grace Theological Seminary 
will have a part in the "Volunteer 
Breakfast Program." Will you be 
ready to answer the call for break- 
fast on Wednesday morning? Hur- 
ry now with plans to go to Winona 
and to Bethany. Meet other "Vol- 
unteers" there and be spiritually 
blessed during a week crowded v/ith 
His praise. 



ADDITIONAL B.S.L.V. MEMBERS 

Donald Himes, Canton, 0. 

Frank Marsh, Canton, 0. 

Juanita Anderson, Winchester, Va. 

Mary Louise Sorge, Altoona, Pa. 

Dick Downs, Whittier, Calif. 

Esther Smitherman, Whittier, Calif. 

Emory Garber, Ripon, Calif. 

Paul Guittar, Canton, 0. 

Betty Wearstler, Middlebranch, Ohio. 

Elmore Reynolds, Canton, 0. 

Genevene Walter, Rittman, 0. 

Dora Ellen Bechtel, Canton, 0. 

Opal Bechtel, Canton, 0. 

William Miller, Ft. Wayne, Ind. 

Clara Lehman, Canton, 0. 

Arthur Billheimer, Ashland, 0. 

Harlow Guiley, Canton, 0. 

Warren Hooks, Kittanning-, Pa. 

Heien Pifer, Rittman, 0. 

Marlys Hoover, Rittman, 0. 

Dorcas Conrad, Danville, 0. 

Elva Marie Dyer, Washingtor:, D. C. 

James Beatty, Los Angeles, Calif. 

Ruth Croker, Philadelphia, Pa. 

Wayne Croker, Philadelphia, Pa. 

Lorraine Dyer, Washington, D. C. 

A large majority of the accompanyiiig- 
names are those received by the superin- 
tendent as a result of the work in Summer 
Camps. 



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HOW SURE IS OUR SECURITY 12). In the Past the Holy Spirit 

IN CHRIST? prompted faith unto Salvation and 

(Continued from page 4) persuaded us to believe; at the pres- 

the position of "sons;" and in the ent He seals us as His own and in 

future He will receive us fully "Ac- the future He will claim us in final 

cepted in the Beloved." In speaking possession. Look back over these 

of Christ's part in our redemption fourteen verses and you will find 

Paul says that in the past Christ how secure we are because of the 

purchased us with His blood, now Triune God. Notice that the phrase 

He reveals His intimate mind and "In Christ", or its equivalent, is 

will to us, and in the future He will used nine times. That speaks of our 

inherit us as His own heritage. (7- union, our identity with Christ. We 



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are as secure as Christ is secure. 
Notice these other words, "chosen" 
(4) ; "Sanctified" (4) ; "foreordain- 
ed" (5) ; "adopted" (5) ; "accepted" 

(6) ; "redeemed" (7) ; "forgiven" 

(7) ; "enriched" (8) ; "enlightened" 
(9) ; "inherited" (11) ; and "sealed 
with the Holy Spirit" (13) . If these 
words in this passage of Scripture 
do not teach that the Triune God is 
keeping the "saints in Christ" eter- 
nally saved then we do not know the 
meaning of words. If the saved one 
is lost the eternal purpose and work 
of the God-head will be thwarted. 
If this can be then it must be con- 
cluded that "He who can design a 
universe whose remotest star shall 
not deviate by a second from its ap- 
pointments throughout the ages; 
Who can plan the universe from the 
highest arch-angel to the marvelous 
organism of the smallest insect; 
Whose purpose has never yet been 
known to fail — that such a God may 
be defeated by the mere creature 
His hands have made." This doc- 
trine is not the speculation of man 
in some "man-made philosophy" but 
is a part of God's Divine Revelation. 

The Sacrificial and Suhstitution- 
ary Death of Christ Upon Calvary 
Teaches the Eternal Security of the 
Believer. On the Cross something 
final was done concerning every sin 
man has already committeed or ever 
will commit. Our Lord's work on 
Calvary is so complete that the 
Spirit cries, "Behold the Lamb of 
God, that taketh away the sin of 
THE WORLD." Again, "He is the 
propitiation for our sins: and not 
for ours only, but also for the sins of 
the WHOLE WORLD." "He died 
for ALL." The unbeliever is con- 
demned because he has not received 
the remedy God in infinite love has 
provided. (John 3:18, 19). To say 
that the Believer is not safe because 
of the "supposed unsaving power of 
sin," is to put sin above the blood 
and to set at naught the redemptive 



work of Christ. A further weakness 
is seen in that no one comes to tell 
us the limit of how much sin is re- 
quired to unsave the believer in 
Christ. If it is asserted that just one 
sin will unsave the believer the 
Word says, "If we say that we have 
no sin — we make Him a liar." On 
the other hand if one comes and 
says it is presumption for one to say 
that he is saved eternally because of 
Christ's blood, the Word of God re- 
plies, "These things are written that 
YE MAY KNOW that YE HAVE 
ETERNAL LIFE." Because of the 
cross God is able to save us in spite 
of the fact that we have sinned and 
are without merit before Him. Be- 
cause of that same cross, and on the 
same basis He is able to keep us 
saved. "The very same provisions 
of grace which make it possible to 
save us at all, make it equally pos- 
sible for us to be kept saved for all 
eternity." The salvation of Christ 
issues in the security of the saint. 

God's Word Declares the Child of 
God to be Eternally Secure Because 
of the Poiver of God's Spirit to Seal. 
Eph. 1:13, 14. Here the Spirit tes- 
tifies, "Ye heard the word of truth." 
What word of truth did the believer 
hear? "The Gospel of your salva- 
tion." What did the believer do with 
it? "Ye trusted in Christ — ye be- 
lieved." That means the believer not 
only had faith but appropriated the 
truths of the Gospel to himself. 
Then what happened? "After ye be- 
lieved ye were sealed with the Holy 
Spirit of promise." How long is 
that sealing good? In Eph. 4:80 
the answer comes, "ye are sealed 
unto the day of redemption." Now 
who is it that seals? According to 
2 Cor. 1 :21, 22 it is "God who hath 
sealed us." The Holy Spirit is Him- 
self the seal. In whom are we seal- 
ed? We are sealed "In Christ by the 
Spirit." Now sealing has a three- 
fold purpose. First, it denotes au- 
thority and confirms as genuine. 



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When the President places "the seal 
of the United States" to a document, 
it gives authority to and denotes the 
genuineness of that document. Sec- 
ondly, a seal denotes ownership. See 
Jer. 32 :9-12 and 2 Tim. 2 :19. Third- 
\y, it denotes security. That is the 
purpose of sealing — to render se- 
cure. We are "sealed until the day 
of redemption." The seal of the 
Holy Spirit is the "earnest of our 
inheritance until the redemption of 
the purchased possession." The 
word "earnest" means a pledge, 
"part of the price of anything pur- 
chased, paid as security for full 
payment." It is the down payment. 
The word comes from the ancient 
Phoenicians and was used of the en- 
gagement ring. God loved us, Christ 
redeemed us and gave us the Holy 
Spirit as the pledge, yes, as His en- 
gagment ring, "until the redemption 
of the purchased possession." Man 
may fail to keep his promises, but 
God keeps His. The Holy Spirit 
seals us securely in Christ and He 
is God's pledge, to His Son's Bride, 
of eternal salvation. Blessed be His 
Holy name for such w^onderful se- 
curity. For one to deny this truth 
of Security in Christ, one must, at 
the same time, deny this great work 
of the Holy Spirit. 

The Present Ministry of Christ is 
Another Pledge of the Eternal Se- 
curity of the Believer. The Word 
reveals that Christ is today at the 
Father's right hand engaged in a 
ministry of intercession and advo- 
cacy. This ministry began in John 
17 when He prayed the real "Lord's 
Prayer" — His High Priestly Pray- 
er. There He prayed for those to 
whom he had given "eternal life." 
(The life he gives to the believer is 
eternal life — that alone teaches se- 
curity for it would not be eternal 
unless it was eternally secure.) He 
said "Those that thou gavest me I 
have kept, and none of them is lost, 
but the son of perdition." He prays 



the Father to "keep those w^hom 
thou has given me." He continues 
to pray for those "that shall believe 
on me through their word." That 
includes all Believers. Then He 
says, "Father, I will that they also, 
whom thou hast given me, be with 
me where I am; that they may be- 
hold my glory." Thus He prays for 
all His own to be kept and fitted for 
their heavenly destiny. Christ wills 
that all believers, of whom he was to 
loose none, be with Him. Who is the 
little insignificant man that will 
arise and say the Lord's prayer will 
not be answered? Christ, "because 
He continueth ever, hath an un- 
changeable priesthood. Wherefore 
He is able also to save them to the 
uttermost (uttermost reaches of 
eternity) that come unto God by 
Him, seeing He ever liveth to make 
intercession for them" (Heb. 7:24, 
25). How the Christian ought to re- 
joice in the security he has in 
Christ, "for we have an advocate 
with the Father, Jesus Christ the 
righteous." What wonderful secur- 
ity there is because of the blessed 
presence of Christ at the Father's 
right hand. There he stands today, 
girded with a towel to cleanse the 
feet of His erring child, and to keep 
him eternally secure for His blood 
continually cleanses us from all sin. 
"Who is he that condemneth? It is 
Christ that died, yea rather, that is 
risen again, who is even at the 
right hand of God, who also maketh 
intercession for us." To challenge 
the eternal security of the believer 
is to deny the efficacy of the aton- 
ing blood and the present work of 
Christ. "If God be for us, who can 
be against us?" 

Space forbids the discussion of 
other points, of which there are 
quite a number. Listen however to 
the words of Jesus on the eternal se- 
curity of the believer. "Verily, ver- 
ily, I say unto you. He that heareth 
my word, and believeth on him that 



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sent me, hath everlasting life, and 
shall not come into condemnation ; 
but is passed from death unto life." 
John 5:24. Here the Lord promises 
the believer three things: 1. A new 
possession — "everlasting life." He 
cannot lose it. 2. A new provision — 
no judgment or condemnation. 3. A 
nev.- position — passed from death to 
life. That surely ought to make the 
believer secure. Read also John 6 : 
37-40. Listen again to Jesus, and 
remember that His testimony is su- 
preme, especially among Brethren. 
"MY SHEEP hear my voice and I 
KNOW THEM, and THEY FOL- 
LOW ME: (This verse will refute 
the false statement that security 
teaches a man can do anything he 
cares to do, once and for all time. 
Security teaches that the Sheep fol- 
low the Shepherd) And I GIVE UN- 
TO THEM ETERNAL LIFE; and 
THEY SHALL NEVER PERISH, 
and no one is able TO SNATCH 
THEM OUT OF MY HAND. My 
Father who hath given them unto 
me, is greater than all ; and no one 
is able to snatch them out of My 
FATHER'S HAND." John 10:27- 
29. Words mean nothing if these 
words by our Blessed Lord do not 
teach that the believer is eternally 
secure, protected by the hands of 
God the Son and God the Father. If 
security is "foreign" or "man-made 
philosophy" then Christ is likewise 
"foreign" to the Word of God. 

Listen again to Paul the great 
logician, philosopher, and theologian 
of Christ, "And the God of peace 
himself sanctify you wholly; and 
may your spirit and soul and bodv 
BE PRESERVED ENTIRE, WITH- 
OUT BLAME at the coming of our 
Lord Jesus Christ, FAITHFUL IS 
HE THAT CALLETH YOU, WHO 
WILL ALSO DO IT" (I Thess. 5: 
23, 24). Paul declares that God, 
who is faithful, will preserve, with- 
out blame our body, soul, and spirit. 
That is security! Again hear the 



clear trumpet call of the believer's 
security in Christ. Rom. 8:38, 39. 
Please remember that the book of 
Romans begins by showing that the 
Vv^hole world was under all condem- 
nation. Salvation was provided for 
the sinner. The eighth chapter be- 
gins by telling us that the believer, 
the one who has accepted this salva- 
tion, is in Christ, and cannot come 
into condemnation. Not only is 
there no condemnation, but there is 
no separation for we are secure in 
His eternal love. The believer has 
passed from condemnation to no 
condemnation and no separation. 
"I am persuaded that neither death, 
nor life, nor angels, nor principali- 
ties, nor powers, nor things p]-es- 
ent, nor things to come, nor height, 
nor depth, (in case he forgot any- 
thing he adds) nor any other crea- 
ture, shall be able to separate us 
fi'om the love of God which is in 
Christ Jesus our Lord." We are se- 
cure for Christ is around us, the 
Spirit is ivithin us, and God is for us! 

Peter in writing to the "elect" 
says "Grace unto you, and peace, be 
multiplied. Blessed be the God and 
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ 
which according to his abundant 
mercy hath begotten us again unto 
a living hope by the resurrection of 
Jesus Christ from the dead, to an 
INHERITANCE INCORRUPTI- 
BLE, AND UNDEFILED, AND 
THAT FADETH NOT AWAY, RE- 
SERVED IN HEAVEN FOR YOU 
V\^HO ARE KEPT BY THE POW- 
ER OF GOD THROUGH FAITH 
UNTO SALVATION" (I Pet. 1:2- 
5). This inheritance which is im- 
perishable and will never fade away 
is RESERVED IN HEAVEN FOR 
YOU who are KEPT BY THE 
POWER OF GOD." In opening my 
Bible to this verse I noticed a state- 
ment made by the late Dr. J. Allen 
Miller in Greek class which I had 
written in my Bible. Dr. Miller said 
concerning the word "peace" in the 



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second verse, "Peace is the quiet 
restfalness of the soul IN SECUR- 
ITY." 

Harker. to John the beloved Dis- 
ciple, once more. Writing to believ- 
ers in I John 5:9-13 he says, "If we 
receive the witness of men, the 
WITNESS OF GOD IS GREATER ; 
for this is the witness of God — He 
that believeth on the Son of God 
hath the witness in himself — And 
this is the record, that God hath giv- 
en to us ETERNAL LIFE, and this 
life is in his Son. He that hath the 
Son HATH LIFE; and he that 
hath not the Son of God hath not 
life. THESE THINGS have I writ- 
ten unto YOU THAT BELIEVE on 
the name of the Son of God; that 
YE MAY KNOW THAT YE HAVE 
ETERNAL LIFE, and that ye may 
believe on the name of the Son of 
God." 

Thougii many more passages 
could be produced I wish to close 
with the benediction of Jude, "Now 
unto HIM THAT IS ABLE TO 
KEEP YOU FROM FALLING, 
AND TO PRESENT YOU FAULT- 
LESS before the presence of his 
glory Vvith exceeding joy, to the only 
v/ise God our Saviour, be glory and 
majesty, dominion and power, both 
now and ever." Once more the se- 
curity of the believer is declared be- 
cause of the keeping power of God. 

When the Believer knows this 
wonderful truth there is created 
within him the desire to live in ac- 
cordance with His holy will. With 
tliis confident assurance of security 
in his heart the believer's constant 
prayer is "not my will, but thine be 
done." With such a wonderful Sa- 
viour the believer is inspired to 
greater things for the Lord. This 
truth does not produce indolence or 
laziness. The contrary is the result. 

How did the first born sons of 
Israel know for a certainty that 
they were safe on the night of the 
passover in Egypt? Let's see. On 



entering into one house we notice 
that there is a fear and suspense on 
the face of the first born. In answer 
to our question "Why?" he replies 
about the death of the first born. 
He tells us that the blood has been 
applied as God said, but he cannot 
be sure he will escape until morn- 
ing, or at least till the angel has 
passfd. He tells us of his next door 
neighbors who say they are sure of 
the fact of their salvation. He adds 
that they are very presumptuous. 
Visiting that next house we notice 
the joy, sweetness of fellowship. 
"Why are you so happy?" we ask. 
"We await God's orders to march out 
of the land of bondage," they reply. 
"But are you not afraid of the judg- 
ment on the first born?" "No, why 
should we? We are sheltered by the 
blood and God said so. Yes, we even 
have more — we have God's unerring 
word which says, 'When I see the 
blood I will pass over you.' God 
rested Satisfied with the blood on 
the outside. They rested satisfied 
with His Word on the inside. Now 
both of these houses were safe — 
but only one had the joy of that 
safety. Their safety depended upon 
what God thinks about the blood, 
and not on the state of their feel- 
ings. Today, God rests satisfied 
with the shed blood of Christ. By it 
the believer is saved and he has the 
knowledge of that eternal salvation 
by God's word. Here is the word of 
God for safety, "Verily, verily, I say 
unto you, He that believeth on me 
HATH EVERLASTING LIFE." 
"There is now no condemnation to 
them which are in Christ Jesus." 
(John 6:47 and Rom. 8:1) That is 
God's word, which will not fail to 
be fulfilled, for it is forever settled 
in heaven. To doubt what God says 
so plainly is to cast reflection on His 
veiacity. "HE THAT BELIEVETH 
NOT GOD HATH MADE HIM A 
LiAR; because he believeth not the 
record that God gave of his Son. 



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Here Is a Mark To Shoot At ! ! 

The Second Brethren Church of Los Angeles, California, ^ 

where Brother Paul Baumaii is pastor, reports that their Per- S 

sonal Workers Band made $ 

496 calls on prospects $ 

606 personal contacts o 

145 cards mailed out % 

76 letters written to prospects % 

It is little wonder that this church is growing with a group % 

of laymen doing work like this each quarter. Is there any Breth- *J 

ren Church of its size that can equal this record? We would like % 

to know of it. 'i- 



And this is the record that God 
HATH GIVEN TO US ETERNAL 
LIFE, AND THIS LIFE IS IN HIS 
SON. He that hath the Son HATH 
LIFE ; and he that hath not the Son 
of God hath not life. These things 
HAVE I WRITTEN UNTO YOU 
THAT BELIEVE .on the name of 
tee Son of God; THAT YE MAY 
KNOW THAT YE HAVE ETER- 
NAL LIFE." (IJohn 5:10b-13). 

We ought to rejoice with unceas- 
ing joy in the knowledge of the fact 
that our wonderful Saviour not only 
saves us from sin, but that He keeps 
us eternally secure as His own 
prized possession. 

Annie Johnson Flint has put into 
poetic form the wonderful truth of 
God's firm and secure grip upon 
His own dear child. 

"The Saviour's hand — how close its hold, 
That none can loosen, none can break; 
No powers of heaven, or earth, or hell 
That loving clasp can ever shake. 

And over Jesus' wounded hand 
The Father's hand of strength is laid. 
Omnipotent to save and keep; 
"Thus is our surety surer made. 

So, one beneath the one above. 
Father and Son their hands unite. 
How safe, how safe, the ransomed are 
Within that clasp of tender might!" 



ACROSS THE NATION 

(Continued from page 15) 

filled the place. The Covington con- 
gregation have learned to love the 
Word of God and the deeper things 
of the Spiritual life. Under God, 
Brother Schneider has been privi- 
leged to build a great church in four 
years, starting with nothing. 

On the second afternoon of the 
Conference, all sessions were laid 
aside and a real fellowship picnic 
for all was held. Brother Wilson, 
one of the charter members of the 
Covington Church, offered a picnic 
grounds located on his farm. After 
rich Spiritual culture such as the 
members had been enjoying, this 
picnic afforded a proper balance for 
social refreshment. We believe that 
more of such opportunities to build 
a sense of oneness among the family 
of God is the thing that must be ob- 
served in the future. 

On the closing night of the Con- 
ference, Dr. J. C. Beal gave a pow- 
erful message on Christ's Return. 
He was led to make an appeal for all 
who would dedicate themselves to 
Christ that they might go back to 
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Over two hundred responded until 
there was no room at the front of 
the church for all who came. The 
number finally lined the walls of the 
church completely. All were then 
directed to join hands while the 
pianist struck up the chords of 
Blest Be the Tie That Binds. 

It was a great Conference. The 
hearts of the people were thrilled 
and blessed. It was a plain evidence 
that a new day of Spiritural power 
and blessing is dawning for Breth- 
ren people. 

NEW BRETHREN Dr. Beal ac- 

CHURCH IN companied us on 

WOOSTER? our return from 

Covington. We 

drove directly to Ashland, Ohio, 

where we spent the night. The next 

morning, accompanied by Brother 

Charles Mayes, we drove to Woos- 

ter, Ohio, to look over the possibility 

of planting a new Brethren Church 

in that City. 

Brother Mayes had been teaching 
a Bible Class in this City for some- 
thing like two years. In spite of his 
heavy duties at the Publication 
House, and of building up the West 
Tenth Street Brethren Church from 
a mere Mission to a self-supporting 
church with a Sunday School of 
over two hundred and building an 
addition to house the increase, he 
had yet found time to gather togeth- 
er over forty Brethren in the City 
of Wooster. We would give a lot to 
have many Brethren preachers 
spend a week with this dear man 
and get a taste of the passion and 
zeal that burns in his heart for 
Christ. 

The fruits of Brother Mayes' 
class in the city of Wooster has 
grown to a demand for a Brethren 
Church in that City. Brother Mayes 
and Brother Massey, a local mem- 
ber, went over the possibilities with 
us seeking a place in which to meet, 
and other items essential to begin- 



ning a new work. Our prayer is 
that we shall be led of the Lord, 
neither to go before Him or to lag 
behind Him in entering open doors 
for the whole Gospel. More regard- 
ing this Wooster field will appear in 
our October issue. 

ANOTHER GREAT We arrived 
BIBLE in Indiana in 

CONFERENCE time to attend 
the Indiana 
Brethren Bible Conference. From 
the very start, this Conference was 
blessed with large attendance. This 
was unusual, in view of the fact that 
there were so few churches associat- 
ing in this group. 

A galaxy of spirit filled Bible 
teachers followed each other in one 
constant succession of rich studies 
in the Word of God. The Spiritual 
elevation of this Conference was 
simply wonderful. Souls were being 
blessed at each service. Such Bible 
Teachers as Russell Barnard, Alva 
J. McClain, J. C. Beal, Herman 
Hoyt, Curtis Morrill, Oscar Wago, 
Harry Vom Bruch and Charles 
Mayes joined hearts to make this a 
Conference of Blessing and Power. 

The Fort Wayne Brethren Church 
with its Pastor, who is also the Mod- 
erator of this new Conference, did a 
splendid work of entertaining the 
Conference. The hospitality and 
friendliness of this people made a 
tremendous and favorable impres- 
sion upon all who came. Folks could 
be heard on all sides telling of the 
splendid treatment they had re- 
ceived. There were in attendance 
members of the Brethren Church 
from thirty different congregations, 
reaching from California to Canton, 
Ohio. The local congregation turned 
out in full force to the support of 
the meetings. 

No conference could possibly 
have had finer musical support than 
this one. With Robert Ashman's 
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singing and the splendid association 
of Gospel music talent assembled by 
Brother Leo Polman, this part of 
the Conference could have been no 
better. We have attended Confer- 
ences of all kinds for many years 
but we have never been so impress- 
ed with the power of consecrated 
Gospel music talent as in this meet- 
ing. There were the well known Bi- 
ola Gospel Trumpeters from Los 
Angeles, Calif., Miss Ruth Bergert, 
of Canton, Ohio, with her marvelous 
playing of the flute, the musical saw 
and her singing (until you have 
heard her play the saw, you simply 
do not know how beautiful such 
playing can be), Henry Rempel of 
Danville, Ohio, with his accordion, 
the string ensemble with their elec- 
trical instruments from Berne, Ind., 
besides the splendid talent of the 
pastor's family and other members 
of the Fort Wayne Church. We 
simply do not see how the musical 
part o fany gospel gathering could 
have been more Spiritual and cap- 
able than that which was enjoj^ed at 
this Conference. 

A testimony meeting during the 
young people's service on the last 
night when members of the Breth- 
ren Student Life Volunteers, Stu- 
dents of Grace Theological Semin- 
ary and many others testified, was 
the high point of the Conference. It 
will never be forgotten by those who 
heard it. 

During the business sessions some 
very interesting steps were taken 
and important resolutions passed. 
Following are the officers of the 
Conference as elected : Moderator, 
Leo Polman ; Vice Moderator, Rob- 
ert Ashman ; Secretary, R. Paul Mil- 
ler; Treasurer, William Johanson. 
The officers of the Conference are 
to act as the executive committee. 

It was decided that the Summer 
sessions of the Indiana Brethren Bi- 
ble Conference shall be held in Fort 
Wayne each year for the present 



and that Winter Bible Conferences 
shall be held in various churches co- 
operating with the Conference. It 
was also decided that the next Sum- 
mer session of this Bible Conference 
be set for the first week of August, 
1940. 

The following resolution was un- 
animously passed : 

Be it resolved : "That the Church- 
es cooperating in this, the Indiana 
Brethren Bible Conference, be urg- 
ed to authorize their delegates to the 
National Conference to be held at 
Winona Lake, Indiana, August 28th 
to September 3rd, 1939, that in the 
event they are refused a seat in said 
National Conference because they 
or their churches have not approved 
or supported Ashland College and 
certain other National Boards or in- 
stitutions approved by National 
Conference, or for any other reason 
except failure to bring proper cre- 
dentials from their local congrega- 
tions, to associate themselves at 
once in any movement that is begun 
at that time to maintain and perpe- 
tuate the fine spirit now prevalent 
among our group and to preserve 
true congregational government 
within the Brethren Church." 

Another action of the Conference 
was as follows : 

Moved and seconded, "That this 
Conference, believing heartily in the 
aims and purposes of the Grace 
Theological Seminary, The Breth- 
ren Home Missions Council, The 
Foreign Missionarj^ Society of the 
Brethren Church, and the Brethren 
Student Life Volunteers, and believ- 
ing that they are in the will of God, 
do hereby voice our united approval 
of these institutions and appeal to 
all who believe as we do, to support 
them with their prayers and gifts." 
This was unanimously approved. 

The report of the resolutions com- 
mittee which follows was read and 
unanimously approved : 

"Rejoicing in the experience of 



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salvation full and free through 
faith in the blood of the Lord Je- 
sus Christ, and testifying to our 
faith in Him as very God of very 
God, and that He is the sole and 
only hope for salvation for every 
man as well as all creation ; 

Testifying to our faith in the 
Bible as God's only and complete 
revelation of His will to man, and 
submitting ourselves to its abso- 
lute authority in our personal 
lives and our united service, be it 
resolved, 

That we, the members of the 
Indiana Brethren Bible Confer- 
ence assembled at Fort Wayne, 
Indiana, August 1st, 2nd, and 
3rd, 1939, declare, 

That we here re-affirm our 
historic position to the effect that 
we as Christians believe that we 
should not engage in war in any 
capacity as/ combatants ; that we 
realize that the nations of the 
world may feel it necessary to en- 
gage in war at times, but that 
Christians are enjoined not to re- 
turn evil for evil. 
That we here re-affirm our be- 
lief that Christians should not go 
to law with each other as stated 
in I Cor. 6 :l-8 but that we should 
rather "take joyfully the despoil- 
ing of our goods." Heb. 10 :34. 

That we declare our belief in 
Our Lord's soon return as indi- 
cated in I Thess. 4:13-18 and that 
this should motivate us to greater 
efforts to spread the Gospel, 

That we dedicate ourselves to 
reaching lost men through great- 
er evangelism and personal soul 
winning, believing that the time 
is now short. 

That we love those from whom 
we differ and pray that we show 
our love in our contending for the 
"faith once for all delivered unto 
the saints," and pledge ourselves 
to pray for the Spirit of God to 
prevail in the hearts of all during 



our approaching National Con- 
ference, that God shall be glori- 
fied no matter how He leads. 
Signed: Clark Sipe, 

Robert Ashman, 
William Johanson, 
R. Paul Miller. 
Another most interesting resolu- 
tion passed by the Conference reads 
as follows : 

Be it resolved that this Indiana 
Brethren Bible Conference go on 
record as whole-heartedly com- 
mending the Honorable Governor 
Luren D. Dickensen of Michigan 
in his recent stand against drink- 
ing and high life; and that this 
group shall give its support and 
influence to any Scriptural move- 
ment the avowed purpose of 
which is to bring America back to 
God through His appointed way, 
Jesus Christ. We do this realiz- 
ing that Righteousness exalteth a 
nation, and that sin is a reproach 
to any people; that recovery of 
any permanence must be based on 
national righteousness; and, that 
national righteousness cannot be 
achieved on any other ground 
other than a return to the funda- 
mental principles of the old fash- 
ioned Gospel of the crucified, liv- 
ing, and returning Lord, and of 
repentance of and salvation from 
sin through His shed blood on the 
Cross. A copy of this resolution 
to be sent to the Executive office 
at Lansing, and to the office of 
the President of the United 
States. 

Altogether we believe that this 
Avas a most blessed and profitable 
conference for the people of the 
Lord and one that truly glorified Je- 
sus Christ. The testimony of all 
who came was that they had been 
greatly strengthened in the faith 
and brought into a deeper relation- 
ship with Christ. Plans are already 
under way to increase the blessing 
and power of this conference next 



September, 1939 



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year, if our Lord should tarry. month for a real report on the corn- 

Look in these columns next ing National Conference. 




Preachers at S. E. Brethren Bible Conference: R Paul Miller, Homer Kent, Norman 
Uphouse, J. E. Patterson, Bernard Schneider, Raj' Long, Arthur Malles, 
Herman Koontz, J. C. Beal. 



ANNUAL REPORT 



WE PRAISE GOD 

It is with a distinct sense of 
thanksgiving and gratitude that we 
make this first report of The Breth- 
ren Home Missions Council. The fa- 
vor of God has rested upon the mrn- 
istry of the Council to such a re- 
markable degree during tiiis first 
year of work, that Ave can only give 
Him all the praise. In no way could 
the remarkable progress have been 
realized but by the blessing of God. 
Our rejoicing is in that He has 
found in us a people whom He ca.n 
use. Our devotion is to keep hum- hie 
before Him that w^e may not limit 
the possible ministry He has for us. 

We wish to here express our sin- 
cere appreciation for the generous 
sacrifices that have made possible 
this most excellent financial report. 



To one and all who have had part 
in it, we express our thanks in His 
Name and pray that abundant bless- 
ing shall rest upon each according 
to the measure of devotiori. 

It should be noted in going over 
the various items that the added ex- 
penses for equipment is due to hav- 
ing had to fully equip a new office 
to care for the work of the Council. 
This being our first year, these ex- 
penses will not app^a:' again. 

The various fields under the 
Council have prospered beyond all 
expectations. God has wrought mir- 
acle after miracle in behalf of the 
work and has brought to our door 
step new fields in such abundance 
as to all but overwhelm our faith. 
Surely He will not send us more 
needs than He will supply. We thank 



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God and take courage and look to 
Him to supply all our needs accord- 
ing to His riches in Glory by Christ 
Jesus. 



BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

R. E. Donaldson, Washington, D. C. 

E. H Wolf, Philadelphia, Pa. 

Orville A. Lorenz, Meyersdale, Pa. 

Wm. H. Schaffer, Jr., Conemaugh, Pa. 

Roy A. Patterson, Dayton, Ohio. 

Foye B. Miller, Hudson, Ohio. 

Wm. Johanson, Shipshewana, Indiana. 

R. Paul Miller, Berne, Indiana. 

Cleve Miller, Waterloo, Iowa. 

George Cone, Portis, Kansas. 

Paul R. Bauman, Los Angeles, Calif. 

Ralph Rambo, San Jose, Calif. 

Earl Reed Sunnyside, Wash. 

Mrs. W. A. Ogden, Los Angeles, Calif. 

OFFICIARY 

President — Roy A. Patterson, 1203 Amer- 
ican Building, Dayton, Ohio. 

Vice President — R. E. Donaldson, 531 — 
14th St., S. E., Washington, D. C. 

Secretary— R. Paul Miller, J 25 N. Jeffer- 
son St., Berne, Indiana. 

Treasurer— Wm. H. Schaffer, Jr., 115 Oak 
St., Conemaugh, Pa. 

Editor of The Brethren Herald, R. Paul 
Miller, 125 N. Jefferson St., Berne, 
Indiana. 

Assistant Editors — Roy A. Patterson, 
1203 American Building, Dayton, Ohio 
Paul R. Bauman, 7000 Miramonte Blvd. 
Los Angeles, Calif. 

Office Secretary — Miss Louise Kimmel, 
125 N. Jefferson St., Berne, Ind. 



LIFE MEMBERS OF THE BRETHREN 
HOME MISSIONS COUNCIL 

Andrews, Mr. & Mrs. C. D., Long Beach, 

Calif. 
Burkett, Mr. & Mrs. L. T., Dayton, Ohio. 
Harrison, Miss May Belle, Inglewood, 

Calif. 
McCall, Mrs. Chester, Los Angeles, Calif. 
Mahon, Mrs. Laura, Canton, Ohio. 
Simmons, Francis E., Tuckahoe, N. Y. 
Snider, Mr. & Mrs. Claude, Roaring 

Spring, Pa. 



THE BRETHREN HOME MISSIONS 
COUNCIL FINANCIAL STATEMENT 

Oct. 5, 1938 - July 1st, 1939 
General Fumd 

Balance on hand Oct. 5, 1938 
^-Received from Oct. 5, 1938 

-July 1, 1939 
Disbursements during year 
Balance in General Fund, 

July 1, 1939 3,807.74 



00.00 

17,417.83 
13,610.09 



Reserve Fund 

Amount placed in fund during 

the year 1,000.00 

Amount invested in savings 1,000.00 

Amount in Reserve Fund 1,000.00 

TOTAL BALANCE ON HAND 

^ July 1, 1939 4,807.74 

"'"Includes all funds sent in previous to the 

opening of the office of the Council. 



CERTIFICATE OF THE AUDITOR 

I hereby certify, that I have audited the 
books of the Brethren Home Missions 
Council for the fiscal year ending July 
1st, 1939, and in my opinion, the forego- 
ing statements of receipts and disburse- 
ments are correct statements for tiie per- 
iod mentioned. 

Signed, 

E. W. BAUMGARTNER, Cashier, 
First Bank of Berne, Berne, Ind. 

The following are the points to which 
financial aid has been given by the Breth- 
ren Home Missions Council during the 
period, October 5th, 1938-July 1st, 1939. 
Location Total 

Bellflower, Calif. 337.r,0 

Compton, Calif. 1,600.00 

Glendale, Calif. 370.79 

Tracy, Calif. 932 50 

Fort Wayne, Indiana 908.31 

Cleveland, Ohio 8^o".64 

Juniata, Pennsylvania 500.00 

Winchester, Va. 544.40 

San Diego, Calif. 1,060.72 



Total 7,126.86 

Field Work 

Mileage covered 10,075 (Traveling 

expense, license, insurance, etc.) 403.00 

Allowance to field Secretary. Meet- 
ing held at Winchester. Worked 
in Juniata, Cleveland, Fort Wayne, 
Narrows, North Akron, Wooster, 
Front Royal, etc. General admin- 
istration, etc. 1,164.48 

Amt. returned to Council 175.00 



Total to secretary 



989.48 989.48 
1,392.48 



Total field work 
GRAND TOTAL spent for Mis- 
sion Points and Evangelism 8,519.34 



ITEMIZED REPORT OF 
EXPENDITURES 

Jewish Mission Fund 

Received for Jewish work 

during year 
Disbursed for Jewish work 



199,12 



September, 1939 



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during year 

Balance July 1, 1939 

District Missions Fund 

Received from Pa. District 
Received from S. Calif. Dist. 
Received from Ind. Dist. 



Disbursed as designated 



195.12 
4.00 

29.25 
631.25 

87.50 

748.00 
715.49 

32.51 



Balance July 1, 1939 

Modesto Tent Fund 

Received for Tent 117.00 

Disbursed for tent 175.10 

over draft * 58.10 

* $65.10 was advanced by the Council, but 
M^ill be repaid by the Southern California 
Brotherhood. 

Brethren Student Life Volunteers Fund 
Budgeted for the work 50.00 

Disbursed for stationery, postage, 

supplies, etc. 44.13 



Balance July 1, 1939 5.87 

Literature Fund 

Disbursed for magazine, cuts, print- 
ing, fees for entering as 2nd class 
mail, etc. 394.74 

Disbursed for 

Thanksgiving material 334.17 



Total disbursed 



728.91 



Special Gift Fund 

Received for Lyda Walter 5.00 

Received for Riverside Truck 15.00 

Received for Harrah Building Fund 19.00 
Received for Alton Witter 119.00 
Received for Cumberland, Md. v>^ork 20.00 

Received for Bill Lowe's work, Ky. 10.00 

Received for Sewell Landrum 68.32 

Received for Robert Ashman 11.00 

Received for Fred Walter 32.00 

Received for Covington, Va work !2.50 



311.82 
Disbursed as designated 331.82 

Balance July 1, 1939 00.00 

Office Equipment 

Equipment for office, desks, chairs, 
table, filing cabinets, typewriter, 
mimeograph, shelving, linoleum, 
hall tree, etc. 468.73 



Disbursements in fund until 

July 1, 1939 468.73 
Operating Expense Fund 

Salary of office Secretary 779.94 

Insurance on office furniture 5.95 

Typewriter ribbon coupon book 7.00 

Stapling machine 3.50 



Bmders for ledgers ana Treas. Book G.55 
Mimeograph suppUe-j, papei", 

stencils, etc. 30.90 

Paper cutter, sealing machines, wrap- 
ping cord, kraft paper, sealing 
tape, gummed labels, etc. 18.77 

Large envelopes and manifold paper 5.00 
Telephone and telegrams 36.00 

Rent and light 117.00 

Printing (bulletins, cer-,ificates, 

etc.) and stationery, etc. 196.86 

Church banks 2.55 



Total disbursed 1,375.02 

Miscellaneous Fund 

Bonds on office force 45.00 

Expenses for Executive Committee 

meeting 29.43 

Refund to lEUet for Prize Bible 2.00 



Total disbursed 



76.4.3 



REPORT SHOWING OFFERINGS 

ACCORDING TO DISTRICIS 

District 1938-1939 

Ohio 3,328.41 

Indiana 1,431.11 

Pennsylvania 3,544.17 

Southeast 1,791.97 

Illiokota 459.78 

Mid-west 1 22.5a 

Northern California 319.25 

Southern California 5,691.97 

Northwest 249.37 

Miscellaneous isolated members.. 26 00 



16,964.55 



■receipts From Othe- Sources 

Offering received .at Winona Lake 109.00 

Interest on Savings 33.33 

Field Work 175.00 
Pa. Dist. W.M.S. 

for Jewish Missions 15.00 

Magnifv Brotherhood of S. Calif. 100.00 

Sundry 20.95 



GRAND TOTAL INC. 



453.28 

17,417.83 



TEN LEADING CHURCHES IN FISCAL 
YEAR'S OFFERINGvS— 1938-1939 

1. Long Beach, Calif., 1st 2,232.25 

2. Los Angeles, Calif., 2nd .... 924.21 

3. Dayton, Ohio 908.00 

4. Washington, D. C 680.50 

5. Los Angeles, Calif., 1st .... 589.37 

6. Berne, Indiana 550.00 

7. Roanoke, Va 548.84 

8. Ellet, Ohio 547.02 

9. Whittier, Calif 545.07 

10. Fort Wayne, Indiana 444.45 



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REPORT OF OFFERINGS FOR THE 
HOME MISSIONS COUNCIL 
From Oct. 5th, 1938 - July 1st, 1939 
OHIO District 

Name of Church 1938-1939 

Ankenytown 74.00 

West Tenth Street, Ashland 175.64 

Canton 438.28 

Clayton 81.28 

Cleveland 196.27 

Dayton 908.00 

Danville 48.77 

Ellet, 0. 547.02 

Name of Church 1938-1939 

West Salem, (Fair Haven) 93.00 

Fremont 70.65 

Gratis ■ 10.00 

Louisville 1.00 

Rittman ' 302..S0 

Sterling 153.00 

Homerville 210.00 

North Georgetown 7.00 

West Alexandria 5.00 

Isolated members 7.00 

Total 3,328.41 
INDIANA District 

Berne, (Bethel) 550.00 

Frankfort (Cambria) 5.56 

Peru (Center Chapel) 7.40 

Clay City 35.37 

Flora 219.83 

Fort Wayne 444.45 

Goshen ' 22.00 

Huntington 6.50 

New Paris 25.00 

New Troy, Mich. 11.00 

North Liberty 10.00 

Osceola 5.00 

Peru, 1st Brethren 30,00 

Roann 5.00 

South Bend 7.00 

Elkhart 10.00 

Isolated Members 37.00 

Total 1,431.11 

PENNSYLVANIA District 

Aleppo 64.13 

Allentown 125.00 

Altoona 127.63 

Calvary (Pittstown, N. J.) 10.50 

Conemaugh 376.66 

Grafton, W. Va. 22.00 

Johnstown, 1st 434.26 

Name of Church 1938-1939 

Juniata 69.52 

Listie 92.72 

Martinsburg 187.38 

McKee 44,39 

Meyersdale 177.41 

Mundy's Corner (Pike* 329.2=) 

Philadelphia, (1st) 261.83 



Philadelphia, (3rd) 




378.62 


Summit Mills, Pa. 




33.00 


Uniontown, (1st) 




418.58 


Waynesboro 




291.25 


West Kittanning 




48.00 


Isolated members 




52.00 


Total 




3,544.17 


SOUTHEAST District 






Baltimore, Md. 




25.00 


Buena Vista, Va. 




50.00 


Hagerstown, Md. 




15.00 


Hollins, Va. (,Mt. View) 




146.00 


Red Hill, Va. (Boone Mill, 


Va.) 


13.15 


Roanoke, Va. 




548.84 


Vernon Chapel (Limestone, Tenn.) 95.00 


Washington, D. C. 




680.50 


Winchester, Va. 




205.00 


Isolated members 




13,50 


Total 


1,791,99 


ILLIOKOTA District 






Dallas Center, Iowa 




80.12 


Des Moines, Iowa 




45.00 


Garwin, Iowa 




66.60 


Lanark, 111. 




22.00 


Leon, Iowa 




20 38 


Milledgeville, 111. 




35 00 


Waterloo, Iowa 




139.00 


Williamsburg, Iowa 




33 68 


Isolated Members 




18.00 


Total 




459.78 


31 ID- WEST District 




1938-1939 


Beaver City, Nebr. 




55.00 


Falls City,"" Nebr. 




15.00 


McLouth, Kans. 




6.00 


Morrill, Kans. 




5.00 


Portis, Kans. 




34.50 


Isolated Members 




7,00 



Total J 22 

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA District 



50 



Modesto 

Tracy 

Tiirlock 

Isolated members 

Total 
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 

Bellflower, Calif. 
Compton, Calif. 
Fillmore, Calif. 
Glendale, Calif. 
LaVerne, Calif. 
Long Beach, Calif., 1st 
Long Beach, Calif., 2nd 
Los Angeles, Calif. 1st 
Los Angeles, Calif., 2nd 
San Diego, Calif. 
South Gate, Calif. 
^Tiittier, Calif. 



48.85 

160.40 

45.00 

65.00 

319.25 
District 

16^.82 

88.19 

72.21 

272.76 

351.06 

2,232.25 

101.30 

589.37 

924.21 

155.88 

190.85 

545.07 



September, 1939 



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Isolated members 



6.00 



Total 

NORTHWEST District 

Harrah, Wash. 
Spokane, Wash. 
Sunnyside, Wash. 


nbers 


5,691.97 

27.24 

85.28 

136.85 


Total 
Miscellaneous Isolated Me 


249.37 
26.00 



GRAND TOTAL OFFERINGS 
FROM CHURCHES 16,964.55 

Following is a list of those who contrib- 
uted $25.00 or more to the work this year. 
Each asterisk represents $25.00. ' Repre- 
sents each $5.00 additional. 

Grace Allshouse, Ashland, Ohio. * 
Dr. J. C. Beal, Ashland, Ohio. ** 
Mr. & Mrs. R. M. Greenlun, Ashland, 0. * ' 
Rev. & Mrs. C. W. Mayes and family, Ash- 
land, Ohio. * 

A Friend, Ashland, Ohio. * ' 
Mr. & Mrs. George Peck Ashland, Ohio. * 
Rev. A. D.. Cashman, Brookville, Ohio. * 
Mrs. Laura Mahon, Canton, Ohio**** 
Miss Vina Snyder, Canton, Ohio. * 
Mr. & Mrs. W. L. Guiley, Canton, Ohio. * 
Rev. & Mrs. R. D. Barnard, Dayton, Ohio.*" 
Boethian Class, Dayton, Ohio. * ' 
Mr. & Mrs. L. T. Burkett, Dayton, Ohio.** 

Miss Mabel E. Kinsey, Dayton, Ohio. * 
Mr. & Mrs. Roy F. Kinsey, Dayton, Ohio. 

Mr. & Mrs. Roy A. Patterson, Dayton, O. * 
Mr. & Mrs. Herman Hoyt, Ellet, Ohio. * 
Rev. & Mrs. A. J. McClain, Ellet, Ohio. * 
Mr. & Mrs. John Correll, Homerville, O. * 
Mr. & Mrs. F. B. Miller and family, Hud- 
son, Ohio. *** 
Mr. & Mrs. Edmund Hastings, Lodi, Ohio. * 



Mr. & Mrs. Fred V. Blatter, Rittman, O. * 
Rev. & Mrs. L. L. Grubb, Rittman, Ohio. * 
Miss Bertha Kuhn, Seville, Ohio. * ' 
Louise Garber, Spencer, Ohio. * 
Mr. & Mrs. Oren Trapp, Sullivan, Ohio. * ' 
Mrs. R. J. Witter, Rockford, Ohio. * ' 
Addie E. Sipe, Willshire, Ohio. ** 
Clara C. Beegle, West Salem, Ohio. * 
Mr. & Mrs. Bryson Fetters, Berne, Ind. * 
Louise Kimmel, Berne, Indiana. * ' ' 
Rev. R. Paul Miller & family, Berne, Ind.*** 
Rev. Leo Polman, and family. Fort Wayne, 

Indiana. ** ' ' 
Mr. & Mrs. Dalta Myer, Delphi, Ind. ** 
Children's Department, Flora Sunday 

School, Flora, Indiana. * 
Mr. & Mrs. George Sipe, Monroe, Ind. * 
Mr. & Mrs. R. F. Anthony, Conemaugh, 

Pa. * 
Rose Snyder, Conemaugh, Pa. * 
Ruth Snyder, Conemaugh, Pa. * 
Mr. & Mrs. Ernest Halliwell, Johnstown, 

Pa. * 
Gleaners S. S. Class, Johnstown, Pa., 1st 

Church. ** 
Y.P.S.C.E., Johnstown, Pa., 1st Church. * ' 
Mr. & Mrs. R. V. Redinger, Johnstown, 

Pa. * 
Mrs. Ada Lorentz, Meyersdale, Pa. * 
Mrs. Orpha Meyers, Meyersdale, Pa. * 
Mrs. Ellen Grove, Mineral Point, Pa. * 
Mr. & Mrs. James Leonard, Nanty Glo, 

Pa. * 
Mr. & Mrs. John Bauers, Philadelphia, 

Pa., Third Church. * 
Mr. & Mrs Chas. Butcher, Philadelphia, 

Pa., Third Church. * 
Mr. & Mrs. H. Emhart, Philadelphia, Pa., 

Third Church. * 
Mr. Jacob Muller, Philadelphia, Pa., Third 

Church. * ' 
Mr. & Mrs. Philip T. Pfaff, Philadelphia, 

Pa., Third Church. * 



ONLY A FEW HUNDRED MORE LEFT 

This will be the last meLition of the Coin Collectors for this 
year. Our stock is almost gone, and furthermore, after Septem- 
ber it will be too late for these little aids to the offering to be of 
much help: the time will be too short then. So as long as they 
last we will send them. Any pastor who has planned to use them 
this season should send at once, for the balance that we have wiU 
soon be exhausted. Some churches have repeated aad increased 
their orders once they have tried them. It is evident that God 
is getting ready to give us the greatest Home Mission offering 
we have yet received. So, act NOW if you want more of the coin 
collectors for this season. 



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W.M.S. Philadelphia, Pa., Third Church.* ' 

A Brother and Sister. **** 

Rev. & Mrs. R. D. Crees and family, 

Waynesboro, Pa. * 
Mr. & Mrs. H. N. Krepps, Uniontown, 

Pa. * 
Men's Bible Class, Uniontown, Pa. First 

Church. * ' ' 
Mrs. F. L. Brumbaugh, Roanoke, Va. * 
Miss Virginia Brumbaugh, Roanoke, Va. * 
Mr. & Mrs. B. H. Conner, Roanoke, Va.*'" 
Mr. & Mrs. W. B. Dangerfield, Roanoke, 

Va. * 
Mr. & Mrs. R. A. Greig, Roanoke, Va * 
Rev. & Mrs. H. W. Koontz, Roanoke, Va.*' 
Mr. & Mrs. H. E. Mills, Roanoke, Va. * 
Mr. & Mrs. Dewey Murray, Roanoke. Va.* 
Mr. K. E. Richardson, Roanoke, Va. ** ' ' 
Miss Ruth Richardson, Roanoke, Va. * ' 
Mr. & Mrs. J. W. Michael, Roanoke, Va.** 
Miss Ruth Ninniger, Roanoke, Va. * 
Miss Mabel Donaldson, Washington, D. 

C. ** 
Mr. R. E. Donaldson, Washington, D.C.*** 
Miss Miriam P. Gilbert, Washington, D. 

C. * 
Mr. & Mrs. R. Merrick, Washington, D. 

C. *' 

Mr. & Mrs. Elmer Tamkin, Washington, 

D. C. * " 

Mr. & Mrs. Willis Wood, Washington, D. 

C. * ' ' 
Senior C. E., Washington, D. C* 
Mr. & Mrs. A. C. Munch, Washington, D. 

C. * ' 
Mr. & Mrs. Lee Raum, Washington, D. 

C. *' 
Mrs. J. J. Baker, Charlotte, N. C. * 
Mrs. E. J. McClintic, Jackson, Mich. * 
Mr. & Mrs. E. J. Schrock, Waterloo, la.* 
Mr. & Mrs. Cleve Miller, Waterloo, la.** 
Mr. & Mrs. John R. Mvers, Williamsburg, 

la. * 
Mrs. W. L. Puterbaugh, Milledgeville, 111.* 
Mr. & Mrs. F. E. Simmons, Tuckahoe, 

N. Y. **** 
Miss Mary Pence, Limestone, Tenn. * 
Mr. & Mrs. George Seibert, Beatrice, 

Nebr. *' 
Mr. & Mrs. Wm. Cook, Woodruff, W. Va.* 
Mr. & Mrs. E. E. Monie, Azusa, Calif. * 
Mr. & Mrs. W. L Coplin, Garden Grove, 

Calif. ** 
Mr. & Mrs. R. J. McConahay, Fresno, 

Calif. * 
Mr. & Mrs. Gleason Haw, Culver City, 

Calif. *** 
Mr. & Mrs. J. R. Dunn, Glendale, Calif. * 
Mr. & Mrs. J. A. Cole, Glendale, Calif. * 
Mr. & Mrs. T. J. Steves, La Verne, Calif.* 
Miss May Belle Harrison, Inglewood, 

Calif. **** 
Mr. Frank Coykendall, Lathrop, Calif. * 



Dr. & Mrs. L. S. Bauman, Long Beach, 

Calif., 1st Church. * ' ' 
Mr. & Mrs. C. T. Belt, Long Beach, Calif., 

1st Church. * 
Mr. & Mrs. Beaver, Long Beach, Calif., 

1st Church. * 
Mr. & Mrs. C. D. Andrews, Long Beach, 

Calif., 1st Church. **** 
Mr. & Mrs. B. W. Coon, Long Beach, 

Calif., 1st Church ** 
Mr. Abe Bowman, Long Beach, Calif., 1st 

Church. * 
Mrs. C. E. Eye, Long Beach, Calif. 1st 

Church. *** 
Mr. & Mrs. John Gunn, Long Beach, Calif., 

1st Church. * 
Miss Nettie L White, Long Beach, Calif., 

1st Church. * 
Mr. D. O. Roberson, Long Beach, Calif., 

1st Church. * 
Mr. & Mrs. Dwight E. Waller, Long 

Beach, Calif., 1st Church. * 
R. E. Stevens and family, Long Beach, 

Calif., 1st Church. * 
Mrs. Julia D. Kirby, Long Beach, Calif., 

2nd Church. * 
Mr. Arthur Adams, Los Angeles, Calif., 

2nd Church. * 
Rev. & Mrs. Paul R. Bauman, Los Angel- 
es, Calif., 2nd Church. * ' 
Mr. & Mrs. J. A. Leffingwell, Los Angel- 
es, Calif., 2nd Church. * 
Mr. & Mrs. Ed Maddux, Los Angeles, 

Calif., 2nd Church. * ' 
Mrs. Chester McCall, Los Angeles, Calif., 

2nd Church. **** 
Miss Ruth A. McClain, Los Angeles, Calif. 

2nd Church. ** 
Mrs. Lula Reedy, Los Angeles, Calif., 2nd 

Church. * 
Mr. & Mrs. C. B. Shivelv, Los Angeles, 

Calif., 2nd Church. * 
Miss Hazel Shively, Los Angeles, Calif., 

2nd Church. * 
A Friend, Los Angeles, Calif., 1st Church. 

Mr. & Mrs. Majorie Schmitt, Los Angeles, 
Calif., 1st Church. * 

Mr. & Mrs. Herman Weishaupt, Los An- 
geles, Calif., 1st Church. * 

Mrs. Anna Slever, Norwalk, Calif. ** 

A Friend, California. *** 

Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Rambo, San Jose, 
Calif. * 

Mr. & Mrs. W. R. Lehman, Tracy, Calif.* 

Mr. A. W. Keating, San Dimas, Calif. * 

A Friend, Whittier, Calif. ** 

A Friend, Whittier, Calif. * 

A Friend;; Whittier, Calif. * 

A Friend, Whittier, Calif. * 

Friends, Whittier, Calif. * 

A Friend, Whittier, Calif. * 

A Friend; Whittier, Calif. **** 

Friends, Whittier, Calif. * ' 




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BRETHREN 
HERALD 



Opportunities 
for Christ 

in 1940 

I 

I While the war drums are rolhng in Europe calhng the 

i nations to carnage once more. While the nations are lining 

f up for the last days just as Ezekiel has told us so plainly 

I that they would. 

t GOD IS HOLDING OUT TO THE BRETHREN 

I CHURCH BRIGHTER OPPORTUNITIES AND RICHER 

I FIELDS FOR TESTIMONY FOR HIM THAN EVER BE- 

I FORE ! 

\ With a crumbling world all about us, God's people can 

i go right ahead winning souls and building the cause of 

j Christ until He comes. He has promised to "keep" us. 

I TWENTY TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS ARE NEEDED 

! to care for the opportu-iities He has given us this year. 

I BEGIN NOW 

I to pray and work for the Thanksgiving Offering 

I FOR HOME MISSIONS 

i 



THE 

BREXHREN HERALD 

Official organ of 

THE BRETHREN HOME MISSIONS COUNCIL 



Volume 1 No. 7 

Entered as second-class matter February 9, 1939, at the post office at Ashland, Ohio, 

under the Act of March 3, 1879. 

R. Paul Miller, editor 
Paul R. Bauman Roy A. Patterson 

associate editors 



WE ARE GLAD TO ANNOUNCE 

With this issue of The Brethren Herald, we introduce two new de- 
partments to our readers. Grace Theological Seminary begins a regular 
section in the Herald with this issue. Especial attention is drawn to the ex- 
cellent article by Professor McClain on pages fifteen and sixteen, which is 
an answer to the life problems of many of our young people today. See 
that your young people read it. 

Another department beginning with this issue is the new Brethren 
Women's Missionary Council. This new organization was formed at our 
recent National Conference for all those Brethren women who associate 
with the National Brethren Bible Conference. 

Both of these departments will increase in the days ahead. Up to the 
minute news from each group will be found in these pages. We are glad to 
welcome these new organizations to our columns and pray God's best bless- 
ings upon them both. 

CONTENTS 

We Are Glad to Announce 2 The Perfect Will of God 16 

Some Needed Reaffirmations in Giving an Account 20 

The Brethren Church 3 j^^^. ^^ Praver 32 

The President and the Governor. . . 4 

The Observer 5 '^^" Learned Jews Test a Mission- 



What is Ahead for the Jew 9 



arv 27 



Across the Nation 12 The Holy Spirit and the Believer. . .28 

A College On Bended Knee 14 Financial Report 30 



I' The Herald is published monthly at the office of The Brethren Publishing Co., | 

il 324 Orange Street, Ashland, Ohio, by The Brethren Home Missions Council, I 

' Berne, Indiana. I 

I Subscription rate, fifty cents per year. Those who give five dollars or more ! 

1 per year to the work of the Brethren Home Missions Council will receive this f 

I magazine regularly. Fifty cents each is deducted from such gifts to defray | 

I cost of the magazine. Changes of address should be sent to our office thirty I 

j days before they are made to avoid loss of copies. I 



October, 1939 



Some Needed Reaffirmations 
in the Brethren Church 



Alva J. Mc Chin, 
P7^esident, Grace Theological Sem- 
inary, Winmut Lake, Indiana 



1. A Complete Bible with all its 
Great Fundamental Doctrines — 
against all modernistic tendencies 
which question or reject any part of 
the Word of God and thus reduce 
the fullness of the Christian Faith. 

2. A Complete Salvation by Grace 
alone; righteous living and good 
works being the fruit and evidence 
of this salvation — against all legal- 
istic schemes which would rob the 
Gospel of its freeness by making 
works of any kind a condition of 
salvation. 

3. A Complete Trust in the Per- 
sonal, Imminent and PremiUennial 
Return of our Lord as the only 
Hope of the Church — against all re- 
liance upon "Social Gospel" plans 
and substitutes for establishing the 
Kingdom of God on earth. 

4. A Complete Reinstatement of 
Evangelistic and Missionary Effort 
at Home and Abroad as the Prim- 



ary Task of the Church — against all 
attempts to give first place to secul- 
ar education or other activities, no 
matter how worthy these things 
may be in their proper place. 

5. A Complete Recognition of the 
Inalienable Rights of Congregation- 
al. Church Government — against all 
unscriptural and unconstitutional 
encroachments on the part of any 
centralized authority or organiza- 
tion. 

6. A Complete Brethren Control 
over all Brethren Institutions — 
against the surrender to non- 
Brethren of positions of official au- 
thority in organizations which claim 
to be Brethren. 

7. A Complete Church Freedom 
from all Compi'omising Alliances or 
Unions — against all efforts to draw 
our Brethren Churches into associa- 
tions with modernistic and worldly 
denominations, organizations, o r 
movements. 



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The President and the Governor 

At the recent Indiana Brethren Bible Conference the following resolu- 
tion was passed, copies of which were directed to be sent to the President 
of the United States and also to the Governor of Michigan. These copies 
were duly sent, and the following replies have been received by the secre- 
tary of the conference. 
Here is the resolution: 

Be it resolved that this Indiana Brethren Bible Conference go on 
record as whole-heartedly commending the Honorable Governor 
Luren D. Dickenson of Michigan in his recent stand against drinking 
and high life ; and that this group shall give its support and influence 
to any Scriptural movement the avowed purpose of which is to bring 
America back to God through His appointed way, Jesus Christ. We 
do this realizing that Righteousness exalteth a nation, and that sin 
is a reproach to any people ; that recovery of any permanence must be 
based on national righteousness ; and, that national righteousness can- 
not be achieved on any other ground other than a return to the funda- 
mental principles of the old fashioned Gospel of the crucified, living, 
and returning Lord, and of repentance of and salvation from sin 
through His shed blood on the Cross. A copy of this resolution to be 
sent to the Executive office at Lansing, and to the office of the Pres- 
ident of the United States. 
And here are the replies : 

THE WHITE HOUSE 
WASHINGTON 
My Dear Mr. Miller, 

Your letter of August eleventh, with the enclosed copy of the resolu- 
tion passed by the Indiana Brethren Bible Conference, has been received 
in the absence of the President. I shall be glad to bring it to his attention 
upon his return to the city. Meanwhile, I can assure you that he will ap- 
preciate your courtesy in letting him have a copy of your resolution. 

Very sincerely yours, 

M. H. Mclntyre, Secretary to the President. 

STATE OF MICHIGAN i 

Executive Office '* 

Lansing , ^ i 

Dear Mr. jMiller, 

The good wishes of your group are deeph' appreciated and you may rest 
assured I shall do my utmost to prove myself worthy of your confidence, by 
giving to the people of this state the high type of government which you 
seek and have every right to expect from the hands of your chosen public 
servants. 

Sincerely yours, 

L. D. Dickenson, 

Governor of the State of Michigan. 

It is our belief that such resolutions, when sent to a good and worthy 

public servant, do great good in strengthening his heart and courage in a 

righteous cause. Those elements which seek to tear down and discourage 

every noble work of such a man are not slow to shout their disapproval 

in his ear. May God give America more such men as Governor Dickenson. 



October, 193.9 




THE CURSE The mind staggers at the problem of trying to account 
OF for rational men, the world's best, the world's most bril- 

rORGETTING iiant, in their mad plunging on into failure after failure, 
GOD folly after folly, and misery upon misery. With nearly six 

thousand years of tragedy and human hell behind them, 
and with all human affairs steadily growing worse ; with not one success- 
ful exception where any man or group of men have achieved rest from this 
world's miseries by their own hand, yet they continue on in the same course 
of hopeless conduct. Refusing to recognize the one thing that lies at the 
bottom of all the world's sufferings since it began, which is sin ; refusing 
to learn by the deadly and colossal failures of all earth's greatest men and 
programs to uplift mankind and bring about true peace for the heart ; still 
clinging to the mad deception that yet some remarkable man will accom- 
plish that which all others have failed to do; abandoning the good sense 
that makes man successful in matters outside of himself, this brilliant 
world of men goes blindly on to the doom of the ages. Truly did the great 
man of God write, "Satan hath blinded the minds of them that believe not." 
Would to God that men today would be as quick to cry with Elijah the 
prophet, "I am no better than my fathers," and cast themselves upon God 
for salvation from the terrible state into which they have gotten them- 
selves. 

But no, they are more determined than ever to trust their own intelli- 
gence, depend upon their own science, count on their newer inventions, trust 
in a more hellish and deadly way of making war. What a terrible blindness 
sin fastens in the heart. What multiplied curses follow in its wake. All 
because they "Did not like to retain God in their knowledge." Those next 
words make us to shudder as we write them, "God gave them over." Given 
up by God ! It is the only way to account for the course of this world to- 
day. That is what Jeremiah cried, 

"Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, 
and whose heart departeth from the Lord." Jer. 17:5. 
Have men so sinned against the light of Christ that God has simply 
"Given them over" to their own devices as it was with Ephraim? "Ephr- 
aim is joined to his idols, let him alone." Is this present age now slipping 
swiftly on to its culmination when men shall see all their works and 
schemes collapse when the great uncut Stone of Daniel's prophecy falls upon 
them and grinds them to powder? 0, for a voice that could cry to the churn- 
ing millions drenching themselves once more in the grime and blood of war 
and be heard above the clang of warring armies, and pierce the blindness 



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of hate-filled heails, and awaken them to Christ their only Hope. To this 
end the best thing- is to cry to the lost man next door ! Will you do it ? 
A DISMAL In a recent syndicated article Roger Babson, the famous 

OUTLOOK economist and business forecaster declared, "The outlook for 

civilization for the next twenty five years is dismal." 
This man, who has access to facts and figures and information gleaned 
from every corner of the world, concludes that there are twenty five years 
ahead that are not very attractive. While we may have better business in 
America because the rest of the world is warring, yet no matter who wins, 
this war means inflation followed by poverty, revolution and chaos for 
European nations, with an awful depression here in America and a pos- 
sible collapse of our government. 

Then this hard headed man of the world concludes with a message of 
hope ; but not a hope in any scheme that man may devise. 

"Only a spiritual revival can haul the world out of the abyss into 
which it is rapidly sinking today." 

What a day in which to preach the gospel ! What a background God has 
prepared for us. How He has shown to all men the utter futility of every- 
thing man has done. We cannot save them all, for no matter how great 
some men may suffer for their sins they will not turn to God. But as it 
was in the days of Hezekiah's revival when the King sent a call to the ten 
tribes that had suffered so terribly for their idoltry, as a people they mock- 
ed and scorned the messengers that called them back to God, but many 
individuals did not scoff, they left their idols and came back to God. That 
is what we should do in these tragic days : redouble our efforts to capital- 
ize upon the wreckage sin is making of everything in the world, to reach 
men for Christ. Then wiien those dismal years come that are ahead they 
will be ready for the endless eternity on bevond. 



BEWARE We recently overheard some women in conversation. 

OF Said one, 'T can never forgive that woman for what she 

BITTERNESS did." Said another nearby, "Then you had better never 
sin, for God says, "If ye forgive not men their trespasses 
against you, neither will your Heavenly Father forgive your trespasses 
against Him.' " Quickly countered another, "Maybe you can forgive al- 
right, but it takes a long time to forget." How few people there are who 
are called Christians that realize the terror that is bound up in wrong re- 
lations with their fellowmen. How many there are who claim the forgive- 
ness of Christ and yet who never grant it to others. There is a two edged 
sword in I Jn. 4:20, "If a man say T love God,' and hateth his brother, he is 
a liar." We fear there are some sad surprises awaiting many professing 
Christians when they see the Judge at the end of the race. Praise Godl 
When He forgives, he also forgets, and remembers our sins no more. Some- 
how we feel that men and women could forget as easily as they forgive, 
if they but had the desire to do so. There is no suffering in the world that 
cuts with more agony than that caused by harboring bitterness, grudges, 
and unforgiveness in the heart. It is like a raging fire that burns out all 
the pleasant flowers in the heart. 



October, 1399 7 

A JEW In a recent court action in Chicago, Illinois, Jacob Chaii- 

TURNS THE kin, a former Berlin fruit importer has tied up all the funds 
TABLES of a large Nazi bank now on deposit or in transit to Chicago 
banks. It appears that all of Mr. Chankin's deposits were 
seized in Berlin banks simply because he was a Jew. Now here in America 
he seizes all the funds of the German bank in this land where a Jew is 
granted justice as well as any other man. With what chagrin the Nazi 
authorities will pay over to Mr. Chankin that which they have stolen from 
him ! That they will pay is very likely, for the sentiment in this land today 
is not very favorable to Nazi tyranny. Just give the Jew a chance and he 
will take care of himself. 

BRETHREN Many mistaken ideas are held regarding the non-resist- 
AKE NOT ant principles of Brethren. Not only are these mistaken 
PACIFISTS ideas held by others, but by many Brethren themselves. A 
Pacifist is one who takes the position against war as a 
principle, and opposes the idea in general in every form. The Pacifist does 
not necessarily assume his position from religious scruples. He is simply 
against war. He opposes the idea of his government entering into war, 
and will militantly oppose his government's course. He criticizes and op- 
poses military training in time of peace, holds mass meetings and demon- 
strations of protest to create sentiment against war as a means of national - 
protection. This incurs the ire of the government and military officers who 
feel that such a person is an enemy to the safety of the state and one who 
would weaken the nation so as to make it helpless before an agressor. The 
Communists claim to be Pacifists in America, but they do not preach it in 
Russia! In their own country they have built up a tremendous military 
machine. They have organized many pacifist organizations among well 
meaning and easily deceived groups of people. By using wholly disarming 
names for these pacifist societies, few people recognize the real nature of 
the spirit back of them. 

But Brethren do not take such a position at all. We realize that the na- 
tions of the W'Orld are not Christian and therefore cannot be expected to 
observe the Spirit of Christ. We realize that among such nations means 
may have to be resorted to that the Christian could not approve. The Bible 
does not tell unbelievers how they shall live. There is no rule of conduct 
for them. They are all outside the will of God. But for the Christian the 
word of God is very specific as to wliat he shoud do. He is specifically in- 
structed to "Resist not evil," and to "Return not evil for evil" to any man. 
Our Lord has plainly set us His own example in exactly the same situation 
of injustice when He stood before His false accusers, "My kingdom is not 
of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants 
fight." 

The position of the Brethren is that so far as we are concerned we can- 
not engage in carnal warfare. We are citizens of Heaven and are not con- 
cerned with the righteous wars of an ungodly world. We are ready to do 
all we can to bind up the wounds of those who suffer, but we will not con- 
tribute to their suffering. It may not be long till we shall once again be 
faced with a general draft for military duty. Our ministers should prepare 
our people before hand so that they will know what to do and how to stand 
when the time comes. 



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BRETHREN WOMEN'S 
MISSIONARY COUNCIL 

The following article will intro- 
duce a new missionary organization 
created during the recent National 
have felt the need of such an or- 
Conference. For a long time many 
ganization in order to reach many 
Brethren women who at the present 
time have definite missionary work 
to do. 

As the W. M. S. sessions got un- 
der way we realized that any wo- 
man who held any sympathy for 
Grace Semhiary was excluded from 
every committee appointed by the 
President. Consequently, Mrs. W. 
A. Ogden a member of the National 
Executive Board arose and made 
the following statement : 

"We feel that the General Con- 
ference has deliberately and persist- 
ently continued to allow procedure 
that is contrary to the constitution 
of the Conference, and contrary to 
procedure that, we feel, is just and 
fair, and because the attitude and 
vote of the women has been that of 
approval of above mentioned me- 
thods ; 

Therefore, we, who are in agree- 
ment with Brethren rejected, feel 
that we can no longer cooperate 
with the National Woman's Mis- 
sionary Society." 

Several hundred women met in a 
separate session and formulated 
plans to be carried out this coming 
year. Officers were elected as fol- 
lows : Mrs. Homer A. Kent, Presi- 
dent ; Mrs. W. A. Ogden, Vice Presi- 
dent; Mrs. Carl Andlaver, Secre- 
tary; and Mrs. Leo Polman Treas- 
urer. 

It is hoped that mass meetings 
and rallies of interested women 
from all churches can be held in 
each District during October. In 
order that information concerning 
our work may be presented at the 
Rallies, the following District Pres- 
idents have been selected : 



Southeastern District — Mrs. 

Greig, Roanoke, Va. 

Pennsylvania District — Mrs. Wm. 
Clough, Box 1147, Uniontown, Pa. 

Ohio District — Mrs. Raymond 
Gingrich, Ellet, Ohio. 

Indiana District — Mrs. Leo Pol- 
man, 4007 S. Tacoma Ave., Fort 
Wayne, Indiana. 

Illiokota District — Mrs. William 
Gray Dallas Center, Iowa. 

California District — Mrs. Grant 
McDonald, 1723 S. Spring Street, 
Compton, California. 

We are taking for granted that 
the Women's Missionary Council 
will meet annually in all District 
and National Brethren Bible Con- 
ferences. We trust that we shall 
hear a good report from Philadel- 
phia when the District Brethren Bi- 
ble Conference meets, October 3, 4, 
and 5, in the First Brethren Church 
there. 

After much praj^'er and delibera- 
tion the following suggested pro- 
gram was agreed upon. It is suf- 
ficiently flexible to be worked out 
according to the convenience of each 
local Council. 

1. Regular monthly devotional 
meetings. 

2. Missionary Prayer Circle, 
(definite prayer for each mission- 
ary.) 

3. Bible reading. Entire New 
Testament, or a chapter a day of 
your own choice. 

4. Missionary Project. Support 
of Bouca Station with offering turn- 
ed in not later than February 25th. 
(We suggest use of dime collection.) 

6. Thank Offering received at 
National Conference for Home Mis- 
sions Council. 

7. Public Service held and offer- 
ing lifted for Grace Seminary not 
later than Maj^ 1st. 

8. Mission Study Class using 



October, 1939 



9 



"Biographies of Brethren Mission- 
aries" Part II. 

There are many unevanglized 
tribes to be reached in Africa. 
There are souls to be won in South 
America. These particular fields 
are Brethren responsibilities and we 
are confident that a vast number of 



our women will want to have a 
share in gathering in the lost ones 
before our blessed Lord shall ap- 
pear. We covet your prayers and 
your vital interest as we launch out 
upon the promises of God. We 
claim no other leadership. 

Mrs. Homer A. Kent. 



What is Ahead For the Jew? 



WILL THEIR NEW HOME BE 
CANADA, AFRICA, SOUTH 
AMERICA, OR PALESTINE? 

During these recent months when 
persecution of the Jews has become 
intensified largely through the hat- 
red of Adolph Hitler, many have 
been led to think of the future of 
these people. They are being driven 
out of Germany by the thousands, 
they are not wanted in the adjacent 
countries, and so earnest consider- 
ation has been given to the question, 
"Where can the Jews find a suitable 
homeland?" 

question have been offered. Some 
have suggested colonization of the 
Jews in different parts of spacious 
South America. Others have said 
Canada or Australia could easily 
c?.re for all the Jewish refugees in 
the world. Still others have sug- 
gested Africa as the answer to the 
pressing problem. But somehow 
none of these suggestions has 
seemed to satisfy the situation. 
The reason seems clear to the stu- 
dent of the Scriptures. They are 
not in accordance with God's plan 
for his earthly people, the Jew. 





Homer A. Kent, 
Pastor, Washington, D. C. 



Palestine Is the Jews' Homekind 

It may be that for the time being- 
some Jews may be colonized in the 
various places suggested above. 
But in the end it will be made clear 
that the true homeland for the Jew 
is Palestine. When God called Abra- 
ham unto himself he promised him 
great blessing as we read in Gene- 
sis 12:1-3. The blessings promised 



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had a definite relation to the land 
of Palestine which the Lord gave to 
Abraham and his seed. In the kind 
Israel would be blessed. Out of the 
land blessing would be withheld. 

Gen. 13:14, 15 reads, "Lift up 
now thine eyes and look from the 
place where thou art northward, 
southward, eastward and westward : 
for all the land which thou seest, to 
thee will I give it, and to thy seed 
for ever." This promise has never 
been abrogated. Palestine therefore 
in God's sight belongs to the Jew. 
It makes no difference what claims 
the Arab may have or the other na- 
tions of the earth may have, God 
has given the Holy Land to the Jew 
forever. 

Another passage that is very 
definite on this point is Gen. 
17:3-8 where God renews his coven- 
ant with Abraham. Notice particu- 
larly verses 7 and 8 : "And I will es- 
tablish my covenant between me 
and thee and thy seed after thee in 
their generation. s for an everlasting 
covenant, to be a God unto thee, and 
to thy seed after thee. And I will 
give unto thee, and to thy seed af- 
ter thee, the land wherein thou art 
a stranger, all the land of Canaan, 
for an everlasting possession : and I 
will be their God." This being so, no 
one can successfully possess the land 
of Palestine but the Jew. And pos- 
sess it they will one of these days. 
Keep your eye on the Jew and the 
Holy Land. 

Is the Homeland Big Enough? 

Some have questioned the suit- 
ability of Palestine as a future home 
for the Jews by remarking about 
the small size of the land. But a 
careful reading of God's promise to 
Abraham will reveal that the extent 
of the land far exceeded the boun- 
daries ever possessed as yet by Is- 



rael. Gen. 15:18 reads, "Unto thy 
seed have I given this land, from the 
river of Egypt unto the great river, 
the river Euphrates." Dr. Keith, 
writting in the "Prophetic News" 
several years ago about the extent of 
the land which God promised to the 
Jews, says, "The southwest bound- 
ary is the River of Egypt — the 
Nile — and the southeast boundary is 
the River Euphrates, w^here it emp- 
ties into the Persian Gulf. The 
southern breadth of the land from 
the Nile to the Euphrates is 1,100 
to 1,300 miles. The western bound- 
ary is the Mediterranean Sea, and 
the River Euphrates is the eastern 
boundary. The length of the land 
from north to south is about 600 
miles, which makes the Promised 
Land about 300,000 square miles. 
This is twelve and a half times as 
large as Great Britain and Ireland." 
What we usually think of as Pales- 
tine is only about 12,000 square 
miles in extent. Thus what God act- 
ually promised the Jews for their 
homeland is twenty-five times the 
size of what we usually consider as 
little Palestine. 

There will be plenty of room for 
all the Jews when God fits up the 
land for their returning. Much of 
the land is now waste but when he 
makes the desert blossom as the 
rose and the curse is removed from 
the soil every man will be able to sit 
under his own vine and fig tree 
with plenty of room to spare. Since 
Israel has never yet possessed the 
land God promised them it must be 
that a future fulfillment awaits. 

Israel Finds Trouble Outside 
the Land 

It was a sad day for God's chosen 
people when they were forced to 
leave the land God gave them be- 
cause of their own sin and rebellion. 
They never were to find rest out- 
side the land. The Scriptures are 
full of prophecies concerning the 



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11 



sorrows of these people while they 
are outside their homeland. They 
Avere to be scattered among all the 
nations and yet preserved as a dis- 
tinct people. Everywhere they were 
to be oppressed. They were to be a 
"byword" among all peoples. They 
would remain without a national 
government until He Whom they 
pierced should come again. Jerusa- 
lem and the land would be trodden 
down of the Gentiles until the times 
of the Gentiles should be fulfilled. 
Scores of other prophecies relate to 
the sorrows of the Jewish disper- 
sion. Have they been fulfilled? In 
most remarkable ways. 

God Will Restore the Jeivs to 
Palestine 

But God has a great future for 
the Jew and that future relates def- 
initely to the Jewish homeland. He 
has promised to restore Israel to 
Palestine. "I will take you from 
among the heathen, and gather you 
out of all countries, and will bring 
you into your own land." Ezek. 36 : 
24. Study Ezekiel the 37th chapter 
for God's future dealings with his 
people. "For, lo, the days come, 
saith the Lord, that I will bring 
again the captivity of my people Is- 
rael and Judah, saith the Lord : and 
I will cause them to return to the 
land that I gave to their fathers, 
and they shall possess it." Jer. 30 : 3. 

Evidences multiply that this exo- 



dus to the land of Palestine will soon 
take place. God may be over-ruling 
the present persecutions of the 
Jews to this end. We know that be- 
fore the final fulfillment of the re- 
turn of the Jews to their homeland 
they must pass under the rod of 
fiery judgment. The time of Jacob's 
Trouble must be experienced. (Jer. 
30:7). Then the time of the re- 
gathering shall be completed. 

The Jew Is Homesick 

Through all his experiences as a 
wanderer over the face of the earth 
the Jew has kept his passion for the 
land God gave to him. He has never 
been satisfied outside his own land. 
He never will be. God will not let 
him. It is said that every orthodox 
Jew, when he builds his home, 
leaves a portion of it unfinished to 
bear testimony to the fact that he is 
but a pilgrim and knows that he is 
not in his permanent abiding place. 
He looks forward to the time when 
he will be able to build his perman- 
ent home in Palestine. The Jew has 
a persistent homesickness for the 
land God chose for him. It will be 
satisfied one of these days when 
once more the twelve tribes will be 
established in the land flowing with 
milk and honey, and from that land, 
and from the people of that land, 
there shall go out blessing to the 
whole world. 



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ACROSS 
me NA TION 

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FIRST ANNUAL The first meet- 
DIRECTORS ing of the Direc- 
MEETING tors of the Bre- 
thren Home Mis- 
sions Council was held in the com- 
modious rooms of the Grace Semin- 
ary building. This privilege was 
very generously granted us by the 
Seminary and the Directors were 
very free in their spoken gratitude. 
It was a pleasure to meet with such 
a splendid group of ministers and 
laymen whose devotion was to 
spread the Gospel as speedily as 
possible and to fully establish new 
Brethren Churches with all des- 
patch. 

The reports of 
FINE REPORTS the general work 
under the Coun- 
cil during the last year showed re- 
markable blessings under the hand 
of God. In view of the fact that 
but nine months could be reported, 
the results were all the more extra- 
ordinary. The general financial re- 
port revealed a grand total of $17,- 
417.83 receipts during the nine 
months. This represented pure gifts 
from churches and individuals,, for 
there w^ere no annuities of any in- 
come whatever from the National 
Women's Missionary Socity or any 
other organization, during this 
time. During these nine months the 
Council gave a total of $8,519.34 di- 
rectly for mission points and the 
work of the Field Secretary in their 
behalf. A reserve fund of $1,000.- 
00 was set aside (which we will 



likely have to use for pastor's sal- 
aris before the Thanksgiving Offer- 
ing comes in) . The Tent fund offer- 
ing amounted to $267.93. We have 
only $232.00 yet to raise for the 
tent!!!! A balance of $4,807.74 
was on hand to carry on until our 
next offering comes in. Building 
debts on our Mission properties 
were reduced by the sum of $7,- 
682.26. 

SOME REAL During our first 
MISSION year we have had 
POINTS nine mission points 

under the Council's 
care. The vigor of these nine 
points is shown in that with a mem- 
bership of 906 they won to Christ 
and added to the Church, 137 souls 
during these nine months. How 
many well established churches 
have added more than 10'/^ to their 
membership during the last year? 
Furthermore, these nine mission 
points raised for general christian 
work the wonderful total of $22,- 
901.69 — a sum almost three times 
the amount given to them by the 
Council. On an average, 690 people 
attended the Sunday morning serv- 
ices in the 9 points. 202 attended 
the mid-week Bible Classes, and 242 
attended the combined prayer meet- 
ing. The largest mid-week Bible 
class is at Winchester, Virginia 
with over ninety in regular attend- 
ance. The average Sunday School 
attendance is 927, 



October, 1939 



IS 



OUR NEW The Home Missions 
JEWISH Council disco v e r e d 
MISSION through investigation 
that the Brotherhood 
has been giving at least $3,000.00 
each year to Jewish Evangelization 
in one way or another. These gifts 
have not been coming through regu- 
lar church channels at all. It is 
now planned that we shall have our 
own Brethren Mission work to Is- 
rael and turn all of thesse funds in 
on that work. This Jewish Mission 
is not to be a part of our present 
budget for the Thanksgiving offer- 
ing but is to be cared for over and 
above our regular giving by special 
offerings taken during the year in 
special Jewish Bible Conferences in 
the Churches. These Conferences 
are rich and inspiring and may be 
arranged by the church itself or by 
writing to the office of the Council. 
All of our Mission work will be car- 
ried on through cooperation with 
the American Board of Missions to 
the Jews. Gifts to any other Jew- 
ish work can not be credited to our 
Brethren Mission. All that is turn- 
ed in at these special Jewish Bible 
Conferences will be forwarded to 
the office of the Council and we will 
then forward it to the work. This 
is the only way that we can obtain 
a record of our Jewish work. The 
Council has definitely decided to 
take over the support of the Los 
Angeles Mission of the American 
Board of Missions to the Jews. 

OUR GROWING The Coun- 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S cil's report 
WORK showed that 

nearly two 
hundred Brethren young men and 
women who have definitely yielded 
their lives to Christ for His service, 
are now enrolled in the Brethren 
Student Life Volunteers. The Coun- 
cil considers this wonderful work 
among the young people as being 
most essential to the success of its 
general work and program of tak- 



ing Christ to lost men. We must 
have more workers. 

WE ARE NOW The Brethren 

INCORPORATED Herald has 
proven to be a 
most popular magazine as is evi- 
denced by its rise to a total of 2575 
subscriptions after but six issues 
have been published. The Breth- 
ren Home Missions Council is now^ 
a Corporation in the State of Ind- 
iana with a charter to do Home Mis- 
sion work in the United States and 
Canada. A code of regulations 
governing the general work of the 
Council which we believe is as fine 
as could be had, and the fruit of 
many years of work, has been ad- 
opted. 

NEW DISTRICT A new co-op- 

COOPERATION erative program 
passed by the 
recent East Central District Con- 
ference for Home Mission work 
within the bounds of that District, 
by which all funds for Mission 
work both District and National, 
will be forwarded to the Home Mis- 
sions Council and expended in ac- 
cordance with lines laid down by 
both District Board and the Coun- 
cil in mutual agreement, was unan- 
imously approved. 

One new point was definitely 
taken on at this session located at 
Modesto, California, where Brother 
Earl Studebaker is pastor. This is 
a most promising field. Several 
other promising fields such as Woos- 
ter, Ohio, East Los Angeles, Cali- 
fornia, Mishawaka, Indiana, North 
Akron, Ohio, Firestone Park, be- 
sides other points of real opportuni- 
ty were brought before the Council 
for consideration. In our next is- 
sue we hope to have more definite 
word for you on all of these points. 
These new fields simply mean the 
need for more prayer, and a largei 
Thanksgiving Offering this fall. 
(Continued on page 2S) 



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.The Brethren Herabi 



A College On Bended Knee 

From ''Bulletin of Wheaton College," in Christian Reader's Digest 
CARL F. H. HENRY 



Some insignificant newspaper task 
kept me from reaching the meeting 
on time. Almost six hundred young 
people had united already in sing- 
ing the first stanza of James Mc- 
Granahan's gospel song. There was 
more than volume in that choir. 
There was conviction, surrender, 
power. The presence of yet i\n- 
other, greater than all these, could 
be felt with the singing of the 
words, 

''All power is given unto me, 
Go ye into all the world and preach 

the Gospel, 
And lo, I am with you alway." 

Boyd led the singing. The glow- 
ing collegian, who had served his 
class as a former president after 
coming from Iowa to the Campus, 
called for the chorus, "I am so glad 
that Jesus Loves Me." The instru- 
ments sounded. Isabelle, a fair- 
haired Texas girl whose radio play- 
ing has been heard by many Christ- 
ians in the Lone Star state, was at 
the organ. From across the plat- 
form at the piano, came Connie Bet- 
ty's Oklahoma smile. The West, I 
thought, had come into the ascend- 
ancy for the night, but then I noted 
that Ohio claimed the vocal soloist, 
and New Jersey had a representa- 
tive in the senior- jacketed speaker. 
So I dismissed the thought with the 
realization that this was a typical 
Wheaton College program, and that 
most of the states and any of four- 
teen foreign countries probably had 
representatives here. 

Strains of ''He Will Hold Me 
Fast" were now coming from the 
instruments. Then came ten minu- 
tes for "the redeemed of the Lord 



to say so" and to give prayer re- 
quests. That was all Rudy, the 
speaker, had time to say. A red- 
headed chap was on his feet. He 
had come back to college without 
any money, and had found that he 
was not to get a job he had counted 
on. "The Lord showed me how 
much Christian work there is to be 
done . ... and now I'm making 
more an hour than I did last year." 

Some others had arisen. A tall 
lad with glasses was speaking. La- 
ter I learned he was from Pennsyl- 
vania. "I thank God," were his 
closing words, "for victory and for 
richer joy that was mine this sum- 
mer." A chap from the city of 
Wheaton testified to blessing which 
had come to him through the evan- 
gelistic meetings at the start of the 
fall semester. "There's assurance 
now that I can go ahead with Him, 
rather than tarry behind." "I got 
tangled up in studies in the summer 
school," another lad was saying. 
"The challenge of consecration came 
to me, and I've taken it to Christ." 

Scripture verses studded these 
comments, and I could not help feel- 
ing that this terminology was not 
that of a pagan college campus. In 
fact, I realized with startling sud- 
denness, that this was perhaps the 
largest weekly college prayer meet- 
ing in the world. Rudy, the speak- 
er, had taken his chair on the plat- 
form and I had not noticed it until 
now, so much did these testimonies 
interest me. 

A young nephew of the martyred 
Stams related how the Lord had 
met needs for a series of beach 
meetings held during the summer 



October, 1939 



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in North Carolina. A new gii*! 
aix)se, her blonde curls showing un- 
der the telltale "drink," and took 
her seat again after saying: "I 
love Him because He first loved 
me." The testimonies were coming 
quickly now; it reminded me of 
what young people elsewhere had 
called "pop-corn meetings." 

The time for testimonies was 
passing rapidly. Two other lads 
spoke in quick succession, one tell- 
ing of souls saved and reconsecrated 
during summer meetings in which 
he had participated. The "sailor" 
got to his feet. Johnny had been 
called this by the campus boys when 
he came to Wheaton after receiving 
Christ as his Savior while in the 
Navy. Then other seamen, reached 
by testimony, followed him. 

They were getting up in hurry- 
ing relay now, but Rudy was on his 
feet, up at the pulpit where some of 
the world's greatest preachers had 
spoken during Wheaton chapel ser- 
vices. Dr. Ironside, Dr. Lockyer, 
Dr. Houghton, Dr. McQuilkin, Dr; 
Gabelelein, Dr. Chafer, and many 
others had brought messages there. 
But Rudy wasn't going to preach; 
he would makke that plain just as 
soon as the brown-haired freshman 
girl now on her feet finished her 
brief testimony: "Jesus frst, 
others second, self last." 

Then Jack, the soloist, sang "In 
the Secret of His Presence." He 
felt a little condemned, he said, 
"but I've come to the Lord and 
made it right with Him, and so I'm 
looking for a blessing for all of us." 
It was the same song Jack had 
brought a short time before during 
the evangelistic services. I forgot 
for a moment that the intervening 
days had passed. I could see Mr. 
James Graham — "Ching" as they 
called the Chinese missionary — up 
there in the pulpit pleading for 



souls. I could see hands going up, 
young folks coming forward. I saw 
again that procession of the closing 
nights, when the aisles were filled 
with those reconsecrating all to 
Jesus Christ. 

A great quiet had settled over 
the large chapel building. Then 
Rudy began reading the ninety-first 
Psalm : 

"He that dwelleth in the secret 
place of the Most High shall abide 
under the shadows of the Almighty. 
I will say of the Lord, He is my re- 
fuge and my fortress: my God; in 
Him will I trust. . . He shall call 
upon me, and I will answer him: I 
will be with him in trouble; I will 
deliver him, and honour him." 

He wanted to say a few words, he 
said, about these three verses es- 
pecially. Our dwelling place, under 
the Almighty's shadow, makes us 
pilgrims on this earth. We are 
journeying to a day when Christ 
shall come with clouds. The great 
need of the student body is to speak 
more of the eternal home to which 
we look forward, and more of the 
One who will be the Head of that 
house. 

Rudy's time passed all too quick- 
ly. Perhaps it was given wings by 
his conversational tone. It was not 
even a pulpit chat, but an informal 
talk, from the heart to heart, about 
the Book and its Christ. There was 
very little of self to it all. This lad, 
captain of the college basketball 
squad, had refused a basketball 
scholarship at a large eastern uni- 
versity because he did not want to 
profit financially at the expense of 
spirituality. After making the var- 
sity as a sophomore, he had there 
obtained a full scholarship includ- 
ing tuition, board, books, and a job 
providing five dollars a week spend- 
ing money. "But all that stuff 
(Continued on 'page 30) 



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THE PERFECT 



HOW TO FIND IT FOR 

Alva , 

President, Grace Theologica 



In all the world there is nothing 
so important as "The Will of God." 
To know God's perfect will for your 
life, and to be in that will, means 
satisfaction, happiness and suc- 
cess. To miss the will of God is the 
supreme tragedy of human exis- 
tence, bringing disaster and final 
ruin. Our blessed Lord knew this 
when He prayed in the Garden, 
"Nevertheless, not mv will, but 
thine, be done" (Lk. 22:42). And 
so did the Apostle John when he 
wrote, "But he that doeth the will 
of God abideth forever" (I Jn. 2 : 
17). 

If you have thought seriously 
about life in general at all, you 
have observed that much of human 
life is aimless. It is like the bow 
"drawn at a venture." It is like the 
remark about Columbus; "When he 
started out, he didn't know where 
he was going. When he got there, 
he didn't know where he was. And 
when he got back, he didn't know 
wheie he had been." The average 
life is spiritually without any plan, 
following the line of least resis- 
tance. It is like the musician who 
plays "by ear," scoreless and full of 
discords, out of tune with God. 

What I would like to have you 
see, and believe, is that there is 
such a thing as the "Will of God," 
and that within this divine will 
there is a perfect plan for every 




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human life — for your life, and for 
my life. Not only so, but there is 
also a way to find it. The way to 
find the will of God, I believe, is set 
forth most completely in Romans 
12:1-2: 



October, 1939 



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ILL OF GOD 



R OWN PERSONAL LIFE 

'Clain 

ry, V/inona La}{e, Indiana 




1 Class 



"I beseech you therefore, 
brethren, by the mercies of 
God, that ye present your 
bodies a living sacrifice, holy, 
acceptable unto God, which is 
your reasonable service. And 



be not conformed to this 
world; but be ye transformed 
by the renewing- of your mind, 
that ye may prove what is that 
good, and acceptable, and per- 
fect, will of God." 

In these two verses we have a 
very definite technique laid down 
by the Holy Spirit which, when fol- 
fowed, will lead the soul into the 
"perfect will of God." That in this 
passage the Spirit has in mind the 
individual life of the Christian be- 
liever, is very evident from the 
verses (3-8) which immediately 
follow. The will of God may be dif- 
ferent for every one of us, but we 
must all take the same way to find 
it. What must we do? There are 
at east five things: 

I. We Must Begin With The 
"Mercies Of God." 

I beseech you, writes the Apos- 
tle, by "the mercies of God." And 
he is speaking about those mercies 
which God gives through His Son 
Jesus Christ our Savior. You will 
find them revealed and described in 
the first eight chapters of the book 
of Romans, how God reaches down 
to sinners and justifies them 
through the Blood of Christ, treat- 
ing them as if they had never sin- 
ned — how God sanctifies those 
whom he justifies, separating them 
from an evil world and its evil ways 



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— how God preserves them in His 
Son forever, guarding them from 
all danger and condemnation. These 
are the "mercies of God." 

Now the important question right 
here is this: Have you received 
these mercies of God in Christ? If 
not, there is no use at all of going 
further until this matter is settled. 
For the very first item in the "will 
of God" for you is to accept Christ 
as your Savior. Until you have 
dealt with Him, God has no further 
word for you about His will. Christ 
is the door to God's perfect will. 

Until you have received Christ, 
until you have feasted upon the 
mercies which are in Him, until you 
have experienced salvation at His 
hand, you cannot have any genuine 
inclination to do the will of God. He 
has no way to reach your heart, no 
way to appeal to you. But once you 
have tasted the mercies of God in 
Christ, >'ou will begin to love Him 
for what He has done, begin to feel 
the infinite debt of His eternal love 
and grace — then you will be ready 
to listen to His voice and respond to 
His guiding hand. God never asks 
us to do something for Him until 
He has first done something for us. 

It is nothing but folly and a 
waste of time to inquire about 
God's will for my life as long as I 
am rejecting the Son of God. The 
only plan God has is in Christ. The 
life outside of Him is like a "wan- 
dering star." Apart from Him 
there is no "chart or compass" for 
the human soul. 

II. We Must Present Our Bodies 
To God 

This is the next step. The first step 
for the sinner is to accept Christ. 
The first step for the Christian is 
to present his body to God. Notice 
this word "present." It is God's 
own word for this act. And it is 



better than any of the words that 
we sometimes use — Let go — Give 
up — Yield — Surrender — Pray 
through. "Yield" suggests a pas- 
sive attitude. "Surrender" implies 
a reluctant attitude. But "present" 
speaks of a positive and willing at- 
titude. The passage in Romans 6: 
13, "Yield yourselves to God," uses 
the same Greek word, and it should 
be translated "present." It is a 
technical term used to describe the 
presentation of an offering to God. 
There is a fine example of its use in 
Luke 2:22 where our Lord's par- 
ents brought Him to the temple "to 
present Him to the Lord." 

Even so w^e must present our bo- 
dies to God — our heads, our eyes, 
our ears, our lips, our hands, our 
feet. Is this an unreasonable de- 
mand? Not at all. It is rather 
"your reasonable service," accord- 
ing to the Holy Spirit. The presen- 
tation of the body to God is the 
first test of spiritual intelligence. 
The man who calls himself a Chris- 
tian and refuses to do this is not 
quite in his "right mind." Is there 
anything intelligent or reasonable 
about the man who gives his soul 
to God and his body to the devil? 
No man c?.n serve two masters. And 
let us not forget that, for good or 
for bad, the body is the instrument 
of the soul. Unless the body be- 
longs to God, the divine will cannot 
be accomplished through the soul. 

Now this presentation of the 
body to God is not intended to be a 
gradual process, something we 
grow into. On the contrary, the 
aorist tense declares it to be a sin- 
gle act, as definite as the crisis of 
conversion, something to be done 
once for all. The first command of 
the Holy Spirit to the lost sinner is 
"Believe on Christ." The first com- 
mand of the Spirit to the saved sin- 
ner is "Present your body to God." 
There can be no finding of God's 



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will until He controls you absolute- 
ly — spirit, soul, and body. 

III. We Must Not Be Conformed 
To This World 

The word used by the Holy Spirit 
here is most remarkable. It means 
to take as your model something 
which is superficial and fleeting. 
Paraphrased by a great commenta- 
tor, Godet, the command is "do not 
take as the model of your life the 
superficial and fleeting fashions of 
this present age." And he is not 
talking merely of the fashions in 
bodilj' apparel, but also of the 
world's fashions in religion, and 
philospohy, and morals. Do not be 
conformed to these. 

Why not? Because the fleeting 
fashions of this present evil world 
— its gods, its religions, its morals, 
its philosophies — are all absolutely 
opposed to the will of God. If you 
conform to them, you will never 
find the will of God for your life. To 
pray for the knowledge of God's 
will, while walking in conformity 
with the fashions of the world, is 
utter foolishness. 

Many people conform to the fash- 
ions of the world because they are 
afraid to be different. They are 
afraid to say NO. They are afraid 
they will be called "Queer." And of 
course this is what the world will 
say about you if you say NO to its 
ways. But the world is wrong. It is 
not the Christian, but the world, 
that is "Queer." If anybody is out 
of step, it is the world, not the 
Christian, In his day, Paul was ac- 
cused of "turning the world upside 
down," whereas in fact he was try- 
ing to take a world already "up- 
side" and put it back right side up. 
But the world has become so accus- 
tomed to seeing things wrong that 
they cannot recognize right when 
thev see it. No wonder thev call the 



true Christian a "Queer." If you 
remember what the world said 
about the sinless Christ, you will 
not be greatly disturbed over what 
they may say about you. 

IV. We Must Be Transformed By 
The Renewing Of Our Minds 

Non-conformity to the fashions 
of the world is good, but it is not 
enough. The Christian life is more 
than a negation. To abstain from 
vices is one step in the divine will, 
but there is something more. Vir- 
tues must grow up where vices 
once held sway. We are to be 
"transformed," literally "metamor- 
phosed," as the drab caterpillar is 
changed into the glorious buteeifly. 
To be separated from the world is 
good, but to become like our bless- 
ed Lord is better. 

And notice where this transfor- 
mation begins — in "your mind." 
The work begins on the inside, not 
on the outside. As a man thinketh 
in his hearf, so is he. The unre- 
newed mind of the flesh is utterly 
blind to the will of God. It must be 
renewed before it can recognize 
and approve the perfect will of God. 
And it should be remembered that 
only God can accomplish this work 
of transforming and renewing in 
us. Therefore, the command here 
is "Let God Have His Way." 

Now if you have received the 
mercies of God in Christ as Savior, 
if you have presented your body to 
God once for all, if you are saying 
NO to the fashions of this present 
evil world, if you are letting God 
have His way in the transformation 
of your life — then you are ready 
for the final step: 

V. "That Ye May Prove What Is 
That Good, And Acceptable, And 

Perfect Will Of God" 

W^hen we come to this place, we 
shall be able to "prove" what is the 



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will of God. The word means to 
"test" or "put to the proof." It is 
used by our Lord in speaking of the 
man who bought the oxen and went 
to "prove them" (Luke 14:19). And 
John uses the same word when he 
commands us to "Try the spirits" 
(I Jn. 4:1). Even so we must dis- 
cover God's particular will for our 
lives by a process of testing in our 
own personal experience. Wey- 
mouth translates the passage, 
"That you may learn by experience 
what God's will is." 

To some people this method Is 
not very satisfactory. They would 
like to have it done differently. 
They would like to have God drop 
the whole plan down from heaven 
for each life, all written out and 
charted in detail, telling us to go 
here or there, to do this in 1940, 



and that in 1941, something like an 
automobile road map. 

But such is not God's way. It 
would make us self-sufficient. The 
revelation of His will and plan for 
you is like the weaving of a beauti- 
ful tapestry. The design appears as 
the work goes on. We may look 
back on the finished part and see 
the pattern clearly, but the unfin- 
ished portion belongs to God. We 
must walk by faith, every step, 
every moment, doing the thing He 
puts before us, no matter how hum- 
ble or trivial, reading His word,^ 
communing with Him in prayer, be- 
lieving against all mere appear- 
ances that He is leading and will 
continue to lead. Thus He keeps us 
depending on Him and Him alone, 
without which we can know noth- 
ing, about His will. 



GIVING AN ACCOUNT 

Everett 'Njswonger 

WE ARE STEWARDS of Jesus 

Christ. At the end of the road of 
this life we must give an account of 
our stewardship to Him. No great- 
er joy can come to the heart of our 
Lord than to reward us for faithful 
stewardship. For God loves to re- 
ward his children who in loving 
obedience and gratitude render 
faithful service to Him. 

But the heart of our God must 
also be grieved because not all who 
profess to love him are faithful 
followers. Therefore we should con- 
sider carefully the fact that we 
must give an account. The great 
Apostle Paul warned that we should 
beware lest we be "ashamed" wiien 
we stand in the presence of Jesus. 

"Every" Person Must Give An 
Account 

No Christian will ever come into 




Everett Niswonger 



judgment to pay the penalty- for 
his sin because that debt has al- 
ready been paid by our Substitute, 
The Lord Jesus Christ. But every 



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Christian must appear at the judg- 
ment seat of Christ to account for 
his conduct as a Christiaa steward. 

"For we shall all stand before the 
judgment seat of Christ." "So then 
every one of us shall give account 
of himself to God" (Rom. 14:10b, 
12). 

Not even one person can escape 
facing this great day of account- 
ing. God has a record of every 
thought, word, and deed. On this 
day we must give our account. 
Christ has an X-ray record of our 
thoughts and a dictaphone record 
of our words. 

God's Word teaches that this will 
be the day of manifestation or rev- 
elation. God will reveal whether 
our works have been genuine or 
counterfeit. "For we must all ap- 
pear before the judgment seat of 
Christ; that every one may receive 
the things done in his body, accord- 
ing to that he hath done, whether 
it be good or bad" (II Cor. 5:10). 
Do you recall the incident when 
King David sinned and God sent 
Nathan to rebuke him ? Do you re- 
call how Nathan told David a para- 
ble and the King said the guilty 
man of the parable should die? And 
do you remember how Nathan 
pointed at David and said "YOU 
ARE THE MAN." This was a man- 
ifestation of David's failure. And 
then do you remember the poor 
widow who brought her mites to 
the temple as an offering to the 
Lord? Do you recall how Jesus 
praised her faithful stewardship? 
Likewise on this day of accounting 
all our deeds will be made mani- 
fest. 

Did you ever see an unruly boy 
come home with his report card? 
He barely moves as he drags him- 
self home. His head drops and he 
frowns and sulks. When he final- 
ly with painful movement hands 



the report card to Dad, he immed- 
iately starts his alibi. Perhaps he 
will say that teacher has pets, and 
he does not happen to be the lucky 
one. His wasted days in school are 
now bearing the bad fruits of re- 
morse. When Dad looks at the re- 
port card the D's and F's explain 
the boy's hesitant attitude. But 
what a difference there is when the 
dutiful little girl comes with her re- 
port card. She fairly glides on air. 
Her face is wreathed in smiles of 
happiness. She can hardly wait to 
get home. She dashes up and 
chucks the opened report card in 
front of her Dad's eyes. She is hap- 
py when she sees him smile. 

Are you preparing now for the 
great examination in the presence 
of the Incomparable Teacher, Jesus 
Christ? 

God Demands A Personal Account 

The human family has always 
been expert at placing the blame 
which they justly deserve onto the 
shoulders of another. Children at- 
tempt to place the blame on the 
other boy or girl. I recall the case 
where a little boy was separated 
from his brother, and upon being 
accused of a wrong doing, blamed 
the brother (absent-mindedly) al- 
though the brother was hundreds 
of miles away. A great many adults 
I'emain children in this respect and 
we excuse ourselves. But this 
method is not acceptable with God. 
WE must account for our own ac- 
tions alone. Christ will not reward 
us for what someone else has done, 
nor rebuke us for the mistakes of 
others. It will be an individual and 
personal affaii'. 

No Excuses Will Be Accepted In 
Case Of Failure 

This is true because: 
1. The Judge knows our hearts. 
"All things are naked and laid open 



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before the eves of Him with whom 
we have to do" (Heb. 4:13b, R.V.) 
Therefore the God who knows all 
things and even experienced human 
life himself will be the impartial 
judge of our stewardship. 

2. The Judge will not require of 
us more than he enables us to do. 
Christ did not demand ten addition- 
al talents of the one talented man. 
Christ did not expect the widow to 
give $1,000 when she only had ten 
cents. 

Christ will apply His infallible 
fire test. When men desire to test 
the value of a coin thev use the acid 
test. So God has his infallible FIRE 
TEST. (Read 1 Cor. 3:11-15). This 
test will be final and will even con- 
sider the motive behind men's acts. 

How To Be Certain Of A Good 
Repcit 

Be certain that you are a born- 
again believer and follower of Je- 
sus Christ. For only such have a 
right to even call themselves ser- 
vants of God. The deeds of a Christ- 
rejecting heart cannot please God. 

Present yourself wholly to Jesus 
Christ as a soldier of the cross, 
willing to live or even die for Him. 

Obey Christ in laying up treas- 
ures in heaven because He said, 
"Where your treasure is there will 
your heart be also." 

Pray that the Holy Spirit will 
lead you to give Christ the pre- 
eiminence in everything. Be cer- 
tain that your motive in giving and 
living for Christ is one of Calvary- 
born love and gratitude. 

Standing on the banks of the 
Jumna River at Agra, in India, is 
the Taj Mahal, the love-tribute of 
Shah Jehan to Princess Arjamand, 
his wife whom he called Mumtaz 
Mahal, the "exalted of the palace," 
a woman loved as few women have 
ever been loved. It is the most 



beautiful structure in the world. It 
is a dream in marble. It is, as 
some one has called it, "frozen 
poetry." On each visit to Agra a 
Missionary said, "I have gone time 
and time again, at sunrise, at noon, 
and at sunset and have lingered for 
hours, now on the entrance gate- 
way, now on the marble approach, 
or again lying on the green sward, 
to gaze upon and to contemplate its 
wonderful beauty." 

Shah Jehan had promised his 
wife a palace more manificent than 
any which man should ever build. 
Eight times Mumtaz Mahal went 
down to hazard death in the mys- 
terious land of motherhood, but the 
eight time the babe came back 
alone. And as Shah Jehan, bowed 
in irreparable grief by the side of 
his lifeless mate, he cried, "O my 
Mumtaz Mahal, you shall have the 
palace I promised you although it 
must be your tomb!" For more 
than twenty years he employed 
more than 20,000 men and spent 
more than $20,000,000 in building 
this marvelous mausoleum in which 
he placed the body of his beloved by 
whose side he now rests. For cen- 
turies it has been one of the won- 
ders of the world. 

Whether standing inside the Taj 
Mahal underneath its wonderful 
dome or gazing upon its dreamy 
white from without, or standing be- 
fore its picture which hangs upon 
the wall, I am moved always by the 
beautiful love story that lies back 
of it; by the inscription the Shah 
had engraven upon the tomb in re- 
membrance of the really wonderful 
woman for whom he had it built, 
"To the memory of an undying 
love." 

There was One, who in His undy- 
ing love for all mankind went down 
through the valley of suffering into 
the realm of death itself. Will you 



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not make Christ preeminent in 
your temple? 

If you do these things, you will 
be a faithful steward. And "It is 
demanded of a stewart that a man 
be found faithful." Then you will 
look forward to this accounting 
with joyous anticipation. You will 
long for the day when you can see 
the pleased and approving smile on 
the face of Jesus Christ as he looks 
at you. 
Canton, Ohio. 



ACROSS THE NATION 
(Continued from page 13) 



NOW ABOUT 
CONFERENCE 



Without enter- 
ing into any con- 
troversial element 
whatever, we feel that we should 
state the simple facts relative to the 
recent National Conference in order 
that those readers not present, may 



the rules of National Conference. 
Because the Conference was thus 
not legally constituted, about one 
half of the delegates refused to take 
further part in the business ses- 
sions. 

A NEW The result of 

CONFERENCE this action was the 
formation of the 
National Brethren Bible Confer- 
ence, formed to provide inspiration 
and guidance for all delegates who 
disapproved of the procedure of the 
Old Conference. Such men as Dr. 
L. S. Bauman, Professor A. J. Mc- 
Clain, Rev. George Richardson, and 
Rev. Charles H. Ashman stirred the 
delegates at this new Bible Confer- 
ence to greater love and devotion 
for Jesus Christ. This New Confer- 
ence will meet at Winona Lake, next 
year during the last week of the 
month of August. They will meet 
in the Auditorium as usual. 





The Brethren Home Missions Council Rally at Winona Lake 



understand both present and later 
developments within the Brethren 
Churches. We believe that this 
Conference had the largest number 
of delegates present in the history 
of the Brethren Church. However, 
97 of these delegates were not seat- 
ed on grounds wholly contrary to 



A new organization known as the 
Brethren Women's Missionary 
Council was organized for the Na- 
tional work of the women in 
churches represented in the new Bi- 
ble Conference. Already this new 
Women's Missionary Council has 
raised $100.00 for the Home Mis- 



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sions Council. This is certainly a 
very fine start and we believe that 
God W'ill use this new women's work 
to spread the Gospel both at home 
and abroad. 

BETHANY CAMP One of the 

outst a n d i n g 
features at the recent National Con- 
ference was the gathering of 127 
young people from the Sisterhood of 
Mary and Martha Girls, the B. S. L. 
V. and the Boy's Brotherhood, and 
others at this wonderful camp 
which the Brethren people had rent- 
ed for Conference week. Brother 
Leo Polman pastor of our Fort 
Wayne Church had charge of the 



pressions received at these young- 
people's gatherings. They will leave 
lasting and indelible marks upon the 
hearts of the young folks who were 
there. It would ha\e thrilled anyone 
to have seen Brother Arnold Krieg- 
baum, one of our promising young 
misisters who completes his work at 
Grace Seminary next May, grip the 
hearts of Brethren young people 
who had filled Bethany Auditorium 
for the Sunday morning service and 
then to see thirty one young men 
and women walk to the front and 
yield their hearts and lives to the 
Savior of Calvary. This one ser- 
vice was worth all the cost of Con- 
ference. So long as Christ dwells 





The Brethren Home Missions Council Rally at Winona Lake 



Camp and with liis splendid wife 
performed a most unusual service 
for Christ during Conference week. 
Not only were the meals excellent, 
but the uplifting Spiritual atmos- 
phere that pervaded the entire 
place the splendid chorus singing 
and other lively features at each 
meal time, together with the special 
young people's meetings at Victory 
Circle each evening, seemed to be 
just what the delegates and young 
people needed at that time. It would 
be difficult to fully describe the im- 



in the hearts of Brethren young peo- 
ple like this, there need be no fear 
that our coming generation will not 
bear their testimony to the closing 
hours of this age. 



GRACE 
THEOLOGICAL 
SEMINARY 



The beautiful 
and finely ap- 
pointed quarters 
of Grace Theolo- 
gical Seminary, on the second floor 
of the Free Methodist Publishing ' 
Company are certainly a credit to 
anv school. Winona Lake Assemb- 



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ly has arranged for the Seminary 
to use the wonderful library of the 
School of Theology in their regular 
school work. This is surely a fine 
spirit on the part of the Winona 
Lake management. Grace Seminary 
already stands high m the estima- 
tion of the management of the As- 
sembly and also of the Bible Con- 
ference directors as well as the local 
people in the vicinity. The Semin- 
ary has been very fortunate in ob- 
taining Brother Conrad Sandy, re- 
cently returned from a trip to Pal- 
estine, as the third full time teacher 



the school during the coming year, 
made at the Grace Seminary rally in 
the Christian Temple on Thursday 
evening of Conference week, just 
after the regular session of Nation- 
al Conference. 

Many other interesting items 
might be reported, but space for- 
bids the record of them here. We 
trust that these brief notes will pro- 
vide sufficient information as to the 
trend of the last National Confer- 
ence, that will give to all of our 
readers who were not privileged to 
attend, an understanding of the 




B. S. L. \. and Munday's Corner Home Council 



in the Seminary. Other teachers 
are to be added, we understand in 
the very near future. From all pres- 
ent indications, the student body of 
the Seminary will greatly increase 
during the next 2 or 3 years. One 
of the outstanding blessings in be- 
half of the Seminary was the spon- 
taneous and free will gifts of Breth- 
ren people to the amount of over 
$3,700.00 for the maintenance of 



course the Brethren faith is taking 
in these unusual days. 



GREAT HOME 

MISSIONS 

RALLY 



Last year was 

a hectic time for 

Home Missions 

in the Brethren 

C h u r ch. The 

Home Missions Council was born in 

a time of stress and confusion. We 

started out with nothing in our 



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hands. All we had was our faith 
that God was leading us on to a 
greater work of testimony for Him- 
self in this land. Naturally many 
people wondered what kind of suc- 
cess the Council had experienced 
during the year. The widespread 
interest in the welfare of this new 
Home Missions work was manifest 
in the way they attended the Home 
Missions Rally at Bethany Camp. 
The way folks kept pouring in 
made it seem that everybody at 
Winona Lake was there. A total 
of four hundred seventy five filed 
past the cafeteria tables. Brother 
Polman almost collapsed as he saw 
that he did not have enough to feed 
them all as they should have been 
fed. Our faith was simply too small, 
that was all. But everyone realized 
our predicament and took the situ- 
ation good humoredly. 

The stirring testimonies of the 
Home Mission pastors as to the way 
in which Our Father God had 
wrought in their fields to bring 
about victory and progress during 
the past year were great. Pastors 
of independent churches remarked 
afterward that to hear these hard 
hitting mission pastors tell of their 
work and triumphs made them to 
feel they were failing the Lord. We 
are mighty proud of every one of 
our men and the way God is using 
them in these trying days. The 
Brethren Church has its future in 
good hands with such men coming 
on to lead her and defend her faith. 

The Grace Seminary male chorus 
did a splendid job of stirring up the 
joy of the Lord in the hearts of 
everyone with their splendid and 
Spirit-filled singing. Then we had 
an improvised brass ensemble that 
simply blessed us all. They put life 
into everything. We had a great 
time. The Lord gave us a wonder- 
ful offering for the tent. We all 



thanked God and took courage. 
Next year we will have a greater 
rally if our Lord tarries. 



All his ling life, John Wesley was 
a careful student. Hebrew, Arabic, 
Greek, Latin, logic, ethecs, meta- 
physics, natural philosophy, ora- 
tory, poetry, and divinity entered 
into his weekly plan of study at the 
university. He urged his preachers 
to I'ead five hours a day. For 
twenty-five years he was a fellow of 
Lincoln College, Oxford. As a stud- 
ent of the Bible, Wesley was at 
great pains to secure a correct 
Greek text. In his commentaries 
he "anticipated the revision of 1881 
in his use of paragraphs, the omis- 
sion of chapter headings, and in a 
large number of renderings." As 
an interpreter of the Bible, he said: 
"I search after and consider parallel 
passages of Scripture, comparing 
spiritual things with spiritual." 

Only by hard work and well man- 
aged time could one man travel 
four to five thousand miles a year, 
preach 40,000 sermons, and write or 
edit four hundred books. — From 
"Messengers Upon the Mountains" 
Dr. J. Carter Swain. 



In a letter to the young people of 
his church, sent from Mentone 
where C. H. Spurgeon was conva- 
lescing, the great preacher wrote: 
'T have just limped up a high hill 
into the cemetery here, and there 
saw a text which struck me. 'But 
the dove found no rest for the sole 
of her foot, and she returned unto 
him.' Noah was her rest, as Jesus 
must be yours. Notice that it is ad- 
ded, 'he put forth his hand, and 
took her, and pulled her in unto him 
into the ark.' She was too weak to 
get in, but Noah's kind hand 'pulled 
her in unto him.' " — "Our Hope." - 
J. B. M. 



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Ten Learned Jews Test a Missionary 

Extracted from "The European Harvest Field," in The Christian Reader's Digest 

RUDOLPH MILLER 



A group of learned Jews, to 
whom I have had the privilege of 
witnessing, have been bringing 
their friends to help them refute 
my statements. Last Tuesday such 
a group meeting numbered about 
ten and lasted nearly six hours. 
Our conversation centered on the 
"impossibility" of God coming to 
the earth in the form of a man. 
Gen. 32:25-32 was read with great 
interest. At first they argued that 
the word man meant an angel. 
When the original Hebrew word for 
man was explained it was then con- 
ceded that it could mean nothing 
else than man, the word being in 
Hebrew "ish," while the Hebrew- 
word for angel is "molech." 

Then they tried to argue that the 
w^ord "Eloheem" (God) meant an- 
gel. I then referred them to Gen. 
1:1, which says that "Eloheem 
created the heavens and the earth," 
and to accept their interpretation 
would mean "an angel" created the 
heavens and the earth. Again they 
conceded and agreed that their in- 
terpretation was an error. 

I further explained that God had 
appeared in the form of a man to 
Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob, ac- 
cording to Ex. 6:3, but that as Mes- 
siah He was to come in the form of 
a man, born of a woman, was to be 
put to death, was to be buried, and 
was to be raised from the dead. I 
was sharply challenged to show 
even one place in the Bible (0. T.) 
which referred to any one of these 
statements. They felt certain that 
the tables had turned, and now they 
were going to be the ones to rejoice. 

I quietly replied that not only 
was I able to show one such state- 
ment in the Old Testament, but 



that I would show all four state- 
ments, and that all four would be in 
one chapter, and all in their proper 
order. So our Bibles were opened 
to Isaiah, 53rd chapter. For the 
Birth of Messiah we found "He 
shall grow up," and in addition we 
found it said, "out of a dry ground." 
(V. 2). Yes, they agreed that it 
spoke of one being born of a virgin 
— as a child. For the death of Mes- 
siah we found, "He wrs cut off 
from the land of the hving." (V.8). 
For the burial of Messiah we found, 
"He made his grave with the wick- 
ed." (V. 9). 

This was a great surprise to my 
listeners, but they agreed among 
themselves that I would be stuck 
for the last statement, and that I 
could not show in the Old Testa- 
ment the resurrection from the 
dead. I then referred them to the 
tenth verse, where we found the 
words, "He shall prolong His days." 
So here we had in one chapter the 
Birth of Messiah, the Death of Mes- 
soah, the Burial of Messiah and the 
Resurrection of Messiah from the 
dead, and as stated above, each in 
the order. Notice the birth in v. 2, 
then the long space to vs. 8, 9, 10, 
which is in quick succession. 

There was not a single argument 
offered against these truths which 
show forth four of the main rai- 
chors of the Christian faith. One 
man remarked that it is said that if 
a Jew will read through the book of 
Isaiah he will give up Judaism and 
be converted, and that is the reason 
it is not taught in the Hebrew 
classes. Please pray that many 
Jews will read the whole Word of 
God and become children of God 
through Messiah. 



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The Holy Spirit and the Believer 



By L. L. Wightman 



The Holy Spirit is vitally related 
to the Christian. Because of this 
vital relationship, it is profitable for 
us to refresh ourselves by a fresh 
study of this third Person of the 
Trinity who dwells within the be- 
liever. 

Our first contact with the Holy 
Spirit is when we are yet in sin — 
in fact, we could not become Christ- 
ians if it were not for the convict- 
ing power of the Holy Spirit. The 
promise concerning the Holy Spirit 
was that "'when He is come. He will 
reprove the world of sin, and of 
righteousness, and of judgment." 
None other than the Holy Spirit can 
do this. 

To you who are believers, it is 
possible for you to look back to the 
day when the Holy Spirit brought 
conviction upon you, and you re- 
sponded by turning to Christ for 
salvation. You know the truth of 
Paul's words to the Ephesians: 
"And you hath He quickened, who 
are dead in trespasses and sins." 
You were dead — He brought you to 
life. A dead man is powerless to 
do anything for himself. Likewise, 
a soul dead in trespasses and sins is 
powerless to achieve salvation for 
self. And even if the natural man, 
dead in trespasses and sins, were 
able to do something for himself, he 
would not do it, for "the carnal 
mind is enmity against God." 

So we clearly see that one dead in 
sins and with a mind running con- 
trary to God's will, cannot achieve 
salvation by personal effort. If we 
need further proof, turn to the 
words of Jesus in John 6:44: "No 
man can come to Me, except the 



Father which hath sent Me draw 
him." And so the Holy Spirit does 
for us what we cannot do for our- 
selves. He convicts us of sin and 
quickens us from the dead. And 
"except a man be born again, he 
cannot see the Kingdom of God". 
The Holy Spirit takes the dead one, 
quickens and regenerates him. 

The Holy Spirit then gives power 
to live the life into which he has re- 
generated the believer. He nour- 
ishes and strengthens the life. 
Jesus said to the disciples, "Ye 
shall receive power, after that the 
Holy Spirit is come upon you." The 
power of sin must be encountered. 
In our own sU'oiigtn we are power- 
less against it. it held us captive 
once and would again but for the 
power of the Holy Spirit witain. 
He is our strength to defeac zva. 

"By their fruits ye shall know 
them." And by the fruit of the 
Spirit, His power in the individual 
life is known. The fruit of the Spirit 
is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, 
gentleness, goodness, faith, meek- 
ness, temperance". If this fruit 
grows in your life, then you have 
proof that the Holy Spirit has op- 
portunity to use His power, for He 
overcomes the power of opposition 
and makes you more like the Mas- 
ter. 

It was the power of the Holy 
Spirit that sent the Apostles and 
followers of Jesus into paths of ser- 
vice which in some cases meant 
death. They went with joy in their 
hearts to endure the severest of 
trials. In the midst of strife they 
had peace. 

And the Holy Spirit does more 



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than this, for He seals the behever 
unto the day of redemption. 
"Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, 
whereby ye are sealed unto the day 
of redemption." Every Christian is 
sealed by the Holy Spirit, and is 
God's property. You are sealed un- 
to the day of redemption, or until 
you reach your destination. Jesus 
said, "I give unto them eternal life; 
and they shall never perish, neither 
shall any man pluck them out of 
My hand." 

Do you belong to God? Are you 
a child of the King? What assur- 
ance have you? "The Spirit (Him- 
self) bearing witness with our 
spirit, that we are the children of 
God" (Rom. 8:16). "And because 
ye are sons, God hath sent forth the 
Spirit of His Son into your hearts, 
crying, Abba, Father" (Gal. 4:6). 
It is impossible to win souls for 
Christ unless one has the assurance 
of his own salvation. How can one 
tell others about the joy of salva- 
tion if he has no assurance of that 
salvation? Doubts continually arise 
to discourage and dishearten the 
believer unless he has something 
wheheby these doubts may be con- 
quered. The witness of the Holy 
Spirit is the weapon of victory. 
Then with Paul we can say, "I know 
whom I have believed." 

We must not overlook the teach- 
ing quality of the Holy Spirit. "He 
shall teach you all things, and 
bring all things to your remem- 
brance, whatsoever I have said un- 
to you". The Holy Spirit does not 
exalt Himself. He testifies of 
Jesus. The Holy Spirit is the 
means of exalting Christ. The 
more complete the control of the 
life by the Holy Spirit, the more 
one sees of Jesus Christ. The life 
that magnifies Christ is controlled 
by the Holy Spirit. 

And the Holy Spirit teaches us 



the things in the written Word. 
Human wisdom is not sufficient to 
interpret Scripture, but the Holy 
Spirit guides us into all truth. No 
study of God's Word should be un- 
dertaken without asking the author 
of the Word to aid us to understand 
it. He wrote it; He knows what 
He wrote; He can interpret it to us. 
If you study your Bible under the 
guidance of the Holy Spirit, He will 
become your greatest Teacher. 

Thus we deal briefly with the re- 
lationship of the Holy Spirit to the 
individual Christian. - 



I KNOW FOLKS WHO— 



I know folks who find fault with: 
A sunset, the blush of dawn, a rose, 
an ocean wave, the spray of Nia- 
gara, the sky-piercing mountain 
wearing a dress of snow, the aurora 
borealis, the blending of the colors 
in the rainbow, the flight of a sea- 
gull, the warbling of a canary, the 
chimes of the angelus, a baby's 
smile, the Bible, an evening prayer. 

But I know others who rave 
about: A stump, a stone, a handful 
of wild flowers, a "patch of blue," a 
star twinkling in the night, the 
smell of new-mown hay, the sound 
of leaves crushed under foot on a 
wooded path, the sight of pussy 
willows, the faint tinkle of cow- 
bells, the patter of rain on the roof, 
the splotches of rain on the window 
out of a chimney, a draught of wat- 
er out of a moss-covered bucket, a 
cup of tea or a cup of coflfee, the 
smell of bacon frying in the morn 
ing, the wagging of a dog's tail, the 
purring of a cat, an old gospel song 
such as "What a Friend We Have 
In Jesus," the smile of a friend. 

To which class do you belong? — 
Moody Monthly. 



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A College on Beaded Knee 

(Continued from page 15) 

isn't worth two cents in compari- 
son to being in His will." 

The most important part of t!i2 
hour remained. Prayer requests 
were read. Some had requests left 
in the box outside the office where 
President Buswell carries on his ex- 
ecutive task. Prayer was asked for 
an unsaved business leader, on his 
deathbed in Pennsylvania. An 
evangelist going to reach rural 
towns in North Dakota asked pray- 
er. The mother of a former stud- 
ent requested prayer for her boy 
who had joined the marines to go to 
China, that he might stand true in 
testimony to 60,000 men of the col- 
ors. 

"Let's pray!" said Rudy. "Who 



knows — this may be another Jim 
Graham !" Everyone knew what he 
meant. Graham had been called 
from the marines to the mission 
field. That great crowd went down 
no its knees. What was breather in 
prayer I cannot record; I only know 
that such prayer cannot remain un- 
heard. It was not vain prayer, but 
pleading and petition that came 
from believing hearts and was of- 
fered to an omnipotent God through 
the Christ of Calvary. 

he Doxology came like the last 
chapter of a book. It italicized the 
last words of Revelation: "Even 
so, come, Lord Jesus." These stud- 
ents were but pilgrims here. They 
wanted to see Paul the apostle, 
John the beloved, and most of all, 
Jesus the Christ. 



Financial Report (or August and September 



NOTE: All funds are for general fund, 
except those designated as follows: 
(Mag) magazine; (S. D.) San Diego; 
(T) Tent. 

Lee Crist, 

Peoria, 111. 5.00 

Mr. Henry Rinehart, 

Flora, Ind. (Mag.) .50 

Rev. Wm. H. Miller, 

Rossville, Ind. (Mag.) .50 

Mr. & Mrs. Dalta Myers, Lorena and 
Williadena, 

Flora, Ind. (T) 5.00 

Rev. & Mrs. Curtis Morrill, 

Ashland, Ohio (T) 10.00 

Mr. Wm. Johanson, 

Shipshewana, Ind (T) 5.00 

Mr. Charles Wiles, 

Baltimore, Md. (T) 10.00 

First Brethren Church, 

Danville, Ohio 3.00 

Women's Bible Class, 

Crystals Planes Church, ■ 

Smith Center, Kans. 5.00 

Mr. Clyde C. Flick, 

I.,os Angeles, Calif. 2.00 



Mrs. Leona W. Fossett, 

Upper Darby, Pa. 5.00 

A Friend (T) 50.00 

Mrs. Daisy C. Bover, 

Woodstock, Va. (T) • . 5.00 

R. E. Donaldson, 

Was'hington, D. C. 6.00 

Cleve G. Miller, 

Waterloo, Iowa 4.00 

Mrs. Ida Canfield, 

Beaver City, Nebr. (Mag.) .50 

Mrs. Lucy M. Beeler, 

Beaver' Citv, Nebr. (Mag.) .50 

Ella Miller, 

Meyersdale, Pa. (Mag.) ..50 

A Friend (Mag.) 1.00 

Miss Independence Kendig, 

Dayton, Ohio (T) 5.00 

Robert Hill, 

Gaylord, Kans. (S.D.) 7.00 

Conference Offering (T) . 212.01 

Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Baker, 

Ashland, Ohio (T) 5.00 

Arthur E. Phelps, 

Long Beach, Calif. (T) 1.00 

Respectfully submitted, 

R. Paul Miller, Secretary. 



October, 1939 si 



Our Unceasing Prayer Band 



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"But prayer ivas made without ceasing of the Church unto God" o 

Acts 12:5. % 

"Faith, mighty faith, ^ 

The promise sees, O 

And looks to God alone; a 

Laughs at impossibilities, ^ 

And cries, 'It shall be done'." ^ 

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1. Pray for the approaching National Conference of the Brethren Church. O 
Ask that the Spirit of the Living God shall take things into His own % 
hands and bring about that which will glorify our Lord the most. Ask ^ 
that all plans that are not to His glory shall be broken and laid aside. '^ 
Ask that regardless of differences of opinion, that no ill will shall O 

be held in any heart. If you are able to attend, pray much before you % 

come. If you cannot come, pray at home while conference is going on. $ 

2. By the time this issue reaches your hands, the annual meeting of the O 
National Directors of the Home Missions Council will be in session. •> 
They will have many difficult problems to meet and solve, and we ask .^ 
that you remember them in prayer that divine wisdom be given them "x 
for their task. ^ 

3. Do not forget to pray for the annual Conference offering for Home ^ 
Missions which will go this year for the purchase of a tent and its ^ 
equipment to be used in evangelistic work in our new fields. Ask the ^ 

Lord for $-500.00 for it. O 

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4. The new field at Wooster, Ohio, presents many problems that need .^ 
much help from God to solve. This is a great field and should be en- ^ 
tered at once. ^ 

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5. Pray for the new field at North Akron. We are holding a revival meet- O 

ing there right after Conference in the effort to start a permanent '^ 

work. Brother Charles Ashman will be holding the meeting. By all ^ 

means remember this enterprise for God. O 

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6. The Brethren Student Life Volunteers will hold their meetings at Beth- <> 
any Camp during National Conference week. These will be great days ^ 

of decision for many of these young people. Pray that many young men *^ 

shall definitely be led into the ministry where they are so greatly need- O 

ed today. ^> 

7. The call has gone out to all the ministers of the Brethren Church to '^ 
meet at Winona Lake on Friday and Saturday before National Con- '^ 
ference to discuss and pray over our general problems due to the pres- •!> 
ent controversy. By all means i-emember them in prayer that much % 

V mav be accomplished through this gathering for the Glory of God. ^ 

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Day of Prayer 

! For the Salvation oE America's 

! Millions 

i November Fifteenth 
I 

I ' The Brethren Home Missions Council is call- 

! ing all true praying hearts to join together in a 

! nation wide day of prayer on Wednesday before 

j Thanksgiving. 

I This is why you should be found on your knees 

I that day : 

I The nations are once aoain locked in mortal combat. 



i War is the greatest means for driving the gospel of Christ 

I from the hearts of men. 

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I Many in our own nation would lead America into the conflict. 

I The need of getting Christ to men before thousands of them 

I are blasted into eternity is insistent. 

I 

1 Because the Lord's Return is near — the time is very short. 

I 

I The Lord has opened new doors for us to enter; He has im- 

I portant and urgent work to be done in these times and 

I He has committed it to us, 

I 

I As long as He has work for us to do, and souls to win, He will 

I keep us from harm in spite of everything. 

f We need more preachers to meet this need. 

I We need a greater offering to provide the means. 

I The Directors of The Council need wisdom and grace for the 

I many problems of the work, 

I PASTOR — be faithful to your charge on this 

j day of prayer. 

! We will meet you at the Throne of Grace. 
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Our Extremity 

Since our Annual Business Meeting four weeks ago 

Five new and promising fields 

have appealed to the Council for aid. 
We believe God has sent them to us 

We have no idea where the men and means 
to care for these fields are coming from! 

This can only be 

God^s Opportunity 

To show His marvelous 

grace and power. 

We believe that He will provide for every need He sends us 

This Is Your Opportunity 

To be used of God to pray and give that we 
take these fields for Him! 

He Will Enable You to Do Your 
Best for Home Missions 

in the 

Tiianl^sgivlng Offering 


NOVEMBER 1939 


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THE 




BRETHRES 


HERALD 


Ojficial organ of 
THE BRETHREN HOME MISSIONS COUNCIL 



Volume 1 No. 8 

Entered as second-class matter October 25, 1939, at the post office at Berne, Ind., 

under the Act of March 3, 1879. 

R. Paul Miller, editor 

Paul R. Bauman Roy A. Patterson 

associate editors 



NO DATE SPECIFIED 

Since some States are celebrating Thanksgiving on one day while others ax'e 
celebrating it one week later, we have not set a specific day for the Thanksgiving 
Offering. Each Church may decide this matter, so that it suits the local conditions 
best. However, we are asking that you send your offerings in promptly, as the 
December checks for the Mission Pastors will have to wait until sufficient funds 
have come in to care for them. So we are urging that you send in the cash offerings 
at once, and the pledges may follow when they are paid. 



CONTENTS 

We Cast Ourselves upon God 3 Pastors, Are You Planning to Hold 

This Is an Emergency 4 Your Own Meetings This Year? 16 

Our National Day of Prayer 5 God Is Calling for Young Men 17 

Here Are Some Real Home Mission Why This Should Be Our Greatest 

Facts 6 Home Mission Offering 18 

An Open Door in East Los Angeles.... 7 ^hat the Brethren Church Could 

Our Mission Pastors Must Wait 8 ^^ ^^ Western Kansas 20 

Modernism 9 _ j -n. j 

Have You Forgotten About It? 10 ^°^^ ^^^ Found 21 

Let Us Possess the Land 11 Home Missions Is a Serious Business 

"I Would Like to Do It All Over for Us 23 

Again" 13 Brethren Student Life Volunteers .... 25 

Brethren Women Have a New Vision Grace Theological Seminary Bulletin 28 

of Home Missions 15 Woman's Missionary Council 32 



The Herald is published monthly at the office of The Berne Witness Co., 
Berne, Indiana, by the Brethren Home Missions Council, Berne, Indiana. 

Subscription rate, fifty cents per year. Those who give five dollars or more 
per year to the work of the Brethren Home Missions Council will receive 
this magazine regularly. Fifty cents each is deducted from such gifts to 
defray cost of the magazine. Changes of address should be sent to our office 
thirty days before they are made to avoid loss of copies. 



November, 1939 



WE CAST 
OURSELVES UPON 



GOD 



We doubt if any great mission work has been born amid more trying 
times than has the Brethren Home Missions Council, Nor do we believe 
that any people have greater cause for humble thanksgiving and great 
rejoicing than those who have had a part in any way in the mission work 
of the Council during this past year. We began this great work one year 
ago with empty hands, but with full hearts. We expected to carry on 
this work on our knees in utter dependence upon Our Father God. We 
were compelled to cast ourselves upon God from the first day, and He 
has kept us right there, day after day! There has been no other way for 
us; the work has always been too great for our ability. It has been a rich 
and joyous experience for us. 

It seems that God has purposed to keep us extended beyond all pos- 
sible self-sufficiency that we may not fail to lean upon Him. The work 
has always been expanding faster than we have been ready for it. We 
have never had in hand the supply for the need when it came. We have 
had to simply go back to Him each time for each need. With barely enough 
to get through this first year with what we had, yet God has sent us more 
fields to enter. At our annual business session we felt compelled to take 
on the new field in Modesto, California. If God sent it to us, would He 
not provide for it? What else could we do? It meant a greater responsibil- 
ity for the coming year. We thought that was courageous. 

BUT — now we know that was but a beginning of God's challenges 
to our faith. Within the last few weeks since we met at Winona Lake, 
field after field has come to us, from California to Virginia. It took faith 
to raise our budget above last year's income for the work. But nov/, how 
about these new fields? Shall we turn them down, limiting our plans 
to what we have already decided on? Our Directors have felt that we 
could not do that. That would be an act of unbehef. It is God's work. 
We asked Him to enable us to do greater things for Him. We asked for 
new fields for the gospel. Now He is answering our prayers. We have 
simply lost sight of our budget! We are out in the clear. Out beyond 
the budget. We have stepped out upon the promises of God just as a 



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I THIS IS AN EMERGENCY! | 

^ This call to prayer is not designed to urge our people to sporadic B 

|[ prayer. We are asking that those who are faithful in prayer beseech p. 

!♦: the Lord more earnestly after the fashion of Elijah in the greatest :<►: 

3>: crisis of his life! ^ 

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:<►: Will you pray that the legal procedures that have been instituted ^ 

^ to deprive the Dayton Congregation from the use of their building, B 

i^i and also to seize the assets of the Brethren Publishing Company may !♦! 

:♦: be turned to the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ? jcj 

:♦: The God of Elijah still answers by fire, but we must put our j>: 

j>| sacrifice on the altar before the fire can work. We must risk our all ^ 

^: on God's promise to answer prayer. May every pastor and member of i^i 

'd our churches cry mightily unto God daily for this. 'd 

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swimmer steps off the platform to be borne up by the water. Our Lord 
said, "Go ye — I am with you." We are "going" as He leads, depending 
upon His promise to be with us through the task. We pray that He will 
not be disappointed in us because of our unbelief. 

Because the demands of the work shrink our strength into weakness; 
because they shrink our resources into poverty; because they shrink our 
wisdom into ignorance; 

WE CAST OURSELVES UPON GOD AS NEVER BEFORE! 

These greater opportunities reveal that God is expecting great things 
of us. God is honoring us in a great hour of the church. We can only 
accomplish these things, and enter these open doors by casting ourselves 
more utterly upon Him. ONLY GOD KNOWS WHERE THE TWENTY- 
TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR THIS YEAR'S WORK LS COMING 
FROM. HE ALONE KNOWS WHERE THE MEN ARE TO TAKE CARE 
OF THESE NEW FIELDS. 

So we call upon all to pray and give while we can, 

for these opportunities may soon pass from us if we 

fail to take them for Him. 

R. PAUL MILLER. 



WHEN GOD HONORS HIS PEOPLE HE 



November, 1939 5 

OUR NATIONAL 
DAY OF PRAYER 

The Brethren Home Missions Council is caUing upon the entire Brother- 
hood for a Day of Prayer on Wednesday, November 15th. 

While this day of prayer has been held each year before, yet we come 
this year with our most earnest appeal. 

We need to pray for our Church in America as never before. Satan is 
trying to tear the Church to pieces and destroy her testimony! 

The Directors of the Brethren Home Missions Council at their annual 
meeting had so many new fields to provide for that they increased 
the Home Missions budget $3,000.00 over last year. We trusted that 
God would provide this. 

But since that time so many new fields of real promise have developed and 
appealed to us for aid that our original budget looks small to meet 
the need. 

We simply do not now have the men to take charge of these new fields. 
Our Father God has honored us by sending these new fields. 

HE ALONE KNOWS WHERE THE MEN AND MEANS MAY COME 
FROM! 

Pastors! Prayer Band Leaders! Intercessors, ALL! 

WE COME TO YOU IN OUR TIME OF HELPLESSNESS AND NEED. 

Will you call upon God 

To raise up pastors for these new fields? 

To send in the added thousands of dollars needed for them? 

WE ARE ASHAMED TO FAIL— 

WE DARE NOT FAIL- 
IT IS OUR FAULT IF WE FAIL. 

God is offering us our greatest opportunities. 

It is what we have been praying for. 
WILL WE NOW PROVE THAT WE ARE WORTHY OF THEM? 
We Must Advance Upon Our Knees! 

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Here Are Some Real 
Home Mission 

FACTS! 



In order that our folks should know just what their gifts are accom- 
plishing in the way of building strong churches, some items in our annual 
report are mighty encouraging. Compare these facts with the accomplish- 
ments of your home church this year and see if you can match these. 

For instance, in giving to missions this last year our nine mission 
points gave a total of $5,139.18. There are just 906 members in all of our 
points combined. This means an average of FIVE DOLLARS AND 
SIXTY CENTS PER MEMBER. How many members does your home 
church have? How much did your church give to both Home and Foreign 
missions this last year? How do these mission points compare with the 
best churches we have in their giving? There is the case of Fort Wayne. 
They gave $1,016.88 to missions last year. They have 159 members. This 
is an average of $6.50 per member. Then there is our San Diego church, 
just barely a year old and they gave a total of $638.90 to missions. Having 
but a membership of seventy, this makes an average of $9.00 per member! 
Can your church beat that? Take Tracy, California, for instance. There 
fifty-eight members gave a total of $451.29 to missions. This is an average 
of almost EIGHT DOLLARS PER MEMBER! Glendale with 146 members 
gave a total of $948.62, or a httle over $6.00 each. 

This shows the kind of teaching and training that new^ churches under 
the Home Missions Council are getting. This is a sample of the kind of 
churches that your home mission's dollars are helping to establish. If 
many of our older churches had been trained to give to the Lord like this 
when they were started, we would have many more churches here in 
America, and scores more of missionaries on the Foreign field. THINK 
THIS OVER AS YOU GIVE YOUR THANKSGIVING OFFERING TO 
HOME MISSIONS! 



WILL YOU BE MISSING WHEN THE SAINTS 



Novemher, 1929 



An Open Door in East Los Angeles 

W. A. Ogden 

A roadside Beer Tavern has been converted into a Gospel Mission. Where 
folks once came to wine, dine and dance, they now come to worship God and 
study His word. Instead of being helped on their way to hell, boys and girls 
are shown the way to heaven. — ^Thus we introduce our newest Brethren church 
in Southern California. 

On Sunday, April First, 1937, a 
group of folks from the Brethren 
church of South Gate opened a hall 
on East 9th St., and announced 
services. Fifteen pupils attended 
the first Bible School session, and 
there were fifteeen who attended 
the preaching service. One month 
later the v/ork was moved several 
blocks North where the road house 
at 5839 E. Whittier Blvd., had been 
adapted to receive it. This property 
has been purchased for a considera- 
tion of $6000.00 and the old building 
is being made to do service until a 
better one can be built. It is now 
accommodating 10 Sunday School 
classes with a school of some 125. 
To date this work has received no 
assistance from any Mission Board. 
It was started, however, with the 
full endorsement of the Board of 
the District of South California. 

Five persons were the visible pos- 
sibilities of the work on that first 
Sunday. Into their hearts God had 
placed the conviction that men 
without Christ were lost, and that 
they were called to do something 
about it. The attendance on the last 
Sunday of the first year's work was 
138. The record attendance is 141. 
This mission is now organized as a 




regular Brethren church with a 
membership of 30. Bro. Keith Altig, 
a licensed minister, has served only 
for the preaching services. Upon 
the local group has fallen the task of 
visitation and community work. 
They have done a splendid work. 

They literally "bring them in" to 
the Sunday School. A bus, which 
they now own, and three private 
cars, haul from 50 to 60 to the Bible 
School each Sunday. The average 
attendance for preaching services 
is about 45. 22 come to the prayer 



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Our Mission Pastors Must Wait 

By the grace of God we have been able to stretch our funds 
to cover the salaries of our Mission men for November. But — 
there will be no more for them until sufficient offerings come in 
from the Churches to meet the needs for December. Christmas 
is a hard time to be without anything to live on. It will be hard 
for our mission pastors unless there are a number of pastors and 
church treasurers who realize the need and will send in early H 
offerings right after Thanksgiving. g 

We have told the Lord about it, and now we are telling His g 
people. That ought to be enough to take care of the situation! H 

$30.00. Find us another church 
where the weekly offering averages 
$1.00 per member! This group is 
starting right by making offerings 
to both Foreign and Home Missions, 
in addition to their own work. They 
are gaining a reputation of bringing 
in the best available speakers to 
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meeting on Wednesday nights. Two 
Christian Endeavor societies are 
organized with a membership of 
30. The Woman's Missionary So- 
ciety had an average attendance of 
13 last year. 

Perhaps the financial record is the 
most remarkable of all. The aver- 
age weekly offering to the work is 





East Los Angeles Sunday School 



GIVE FREELY TODAY WHILE YOU CAN- 



November, 1939 



Mod 



ernism: ue urge 

It Puts upon the Brethren Church to 
Spread the Whole Gospel in America 

Frank G. Coleman, Jr. 




There is a counterfeit Christian- 
ity sweeping through the country 
and it is plunging the nation into 
spiritual bankruptcy. Modernism is 
that counterfeit. Into the church, 
the very storehouse of the Truth 

of God, where 

eternal values have BK 
been dispensed for ' , ^'; 

these two thousand ,^ - 

years, Modernism 
has come with a 
counterfeit that is 
valueless. The old 
words are there, 
but new meanings 
have been added. 
The old pattern is 
there, but its sig- 
nificance is not the 
same. The old sig- 
nature is there, but 
it has been forged. 
It was never au- 
thorized by the 
Maker whose name it bears. 

What an opportunity for the 
Brethren Church! What a chal- 
lenge! What a duty! "Earnestly 
contend for the faith" — these -are 
our orders. And the faith is being 




denied. How can we sit idly by 
and do nothing while unbelief 
clothes itself with the habiliments 
of Christianity only to damn the 
souls of misguided men. There 
are souls by the thousands that are 
daily being misdi- 
rected, and we have 
•fK'^>\ the only answer to 
their heart's cry. 
Dare we let the op- 
portunity pass to set 
up a beacon where- 
ever men pass by, 
that they may turn 
and face Him Who 
alone is the Way, 
the Truth, and the 
Life? 

These are days 
when men are turn- 
ing to this side and 
to that, seeking 
light, for the days 
are dark. The un- 
stilled questionings of their souls 
in these times of destruction of 
temporal values have moved them 
from their spiritual lethargy to an 
active quest for eternal values. 
Modernism can never satisfy their 



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HAVE YOU FORGOTTE]^ ABOUT IT? 

Brother Sewell Landrum has just written us that there is an 
urgent need for warm clothing for the work in Kentucky. He 
writes, "We need warm clothing for the winter season which is 
now upon us." Ladies of the Women's Missionary Council, have 
you forgotten about this needy field in Kentucky? Brother 
Landrum asks that this help be sent quickly. Please send clothing 
in strong paper cartons. If you send by mail, address the packages 
to Sewell Landrum at Lost Creek, Kentucky. If your box is too 
large for the mail, ship it to him at Haddix, Kentucky. But, please 
do something about it right away! 



need. Empty through denial of all 
that we have found so precious, 
nothing is there for the hungry 
wayfarer. But we have the answer! 
The ministry of reconciliation has 
been given to us, the Word of recon- 
ciliation is in our hands. Our Lord 
is looking to us to voice the cry 
throughout the land: "Ho, every 
one that thirsteth . . . wherefore 
do ye spend money for that which 
is not bread? and your labor for 
that which satisfieth not? harken 
diligently unto me, and eat ye that 
which is good, and let your soul 
delight itself in fatness." The 
whole gospel heralded by the 
Brethren Church is at once God's 
warning to men, and the satisfac- 
tion of their souls. Our Lord Jesus 



Christ in all His resurrection glory, 
is the only answer to their need 
and the only rebuttal to Modern- 
ism. Let us preach Him at every 
cross-road of the land, in every 
city, and wherever there are men. 

Men are going out into eternity 
without Christ. Lost! Lost, with 
the name of Jesus and heaven's vo- 
cabulary sounding in their ears. 
The reason? The whole gospel we 
preach has never been heralded in 
their hearing. We have left them 
too long under the damning influ- 
ence of an anti-Christian Modern- 
istic Christianity. America's mil- 
lions are lost for want of the whole 
gospel we preach. It is the power 
of God unto salvation. Let us 
preach it to all America! 



TEN DOLLARS GIVEN TODAY IS WORTH 



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Let Us Possess 

vhe LAND! 

W. H. Schajfer Jr., Conemaugh, Pa. 



God said to the children of Israel, 
"Every place that the sole of your 
foot shall tread upon, that have I 
given unto you." (Joshua 1:3). In 
other words God said to them, I'll 
give you what you can occupy. 

God knew as well as they that 
before them was swollen Jordan, 
beyond that were great walled cities 
like Jericho and the land was full of 
giants. But when they marched 
forth in faith, behold, raging Jordan 
dried up, the walls of mighty Jer- 
icho fell flat to the ground and the 
giants were routed. The Children 
of Israel possessed as much terri- 
tory as they occupied! 

Our Lord said, "Occupy (do busi- 
ness until I return) until I come." 
(Luke 19:13). The Brethren Church 
can claim no more territory than 
that in which she does business for 
her Lord. Has not our Lord also 
commanded, "Witness unto Me . . . 
unto the uttermost parts of the 
earth?" (Acts 1:8). Our crucified 
but risen Savior is expecting the 
Brethren Church to do that very 
thing or why did He give us such 
a whole Gospel testimony? How 
is this God given message going to 
get "unto the uttermost parts of 




the earth" if we do not get busy 
right now building more Brethren 
Churches in the homeland? 

We honestly believe that the ma- 
jority of the members of the Breth- 
ren Church do not appreciate her 
scriptural teaching ministry. Our 
Lord is speaking to the Brethren 
Church this very moment, "Awake 
thou that sleepest, and arise from 
the dead and Christ shall give thee 
light. See that ye walk circum- 
spectly, not as fools, but as wise, 



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redeeming the time because the 
days are evil." (Eph. 5:14-16). We 
must be convinced that, if, the 
Brethren Church does not take ad- 
vantage of her opportunities NOW, 
these opportunities will be lost 
to us forever. History should be 
convincing enough on this matter. 
While the Brethren Church has 
lacked vision, while she was con- 
tent to keep her great message to 
herself, others have occupied the 
land. 

What answer will we give our 
Lord when He asks us face to face 
why we did not herald His Gospel 
as He commanded? We cannot 
escape by answering, "Lord you 
didn't give us an opportunity." We 
know better than that. Nor can 
we excuse ourselves with, "Lord, 
we were afraid you would let us 
down." We know He said, "All 
power is given unto Me in heaven 
and in earth. Go ye therefore, and 
teach all nations . . . whatsoever I 
have commanded you; and, lo, I am 
with you alv/ay . . ." (Matt. 28:18- 
20). 

From an executive viewpoint, the 
Board of Directors of the Home 
Missions Council knows that it is 
not an easy task to build sturdy, 
self supporting Brethren Churches 
in a few years but they also know 
that the same Lord who gave the 
command "go" has guaranteed suc- 
cess on our faith to occupy. He is 
asking our help so that we too can 
enjoy the fruits of the victories. 



WE MUST HELP NOW! NEXT 
YEAR MAY BE TOO LATE. 
DOORS NOW OPEN WILL NOT 
ALWAYS REMAIN SO FOR US. 

All around us souls are dying 
without Christ. Millions of others 
are going out of this life the same 
v/ay unless we reach them with the 
Gospel of the Grace of God. There 
are many churches in this land but 
there is very little preaching and 
teaching of a Savior who died on 
Calvary's Cross for their sins and 
rose again for their justification 
and is now seated at the Father's 
right hand interceding for them and 
Who is soon coming back again! 
Is your heart thrilled when you 
hear this Gospel preached? It is? 
Don't you think other hearts would 
be thrilled too if they heard it? 
How will you answer these ques- 
tions at Thanksgiving time with 
Home Missions Council Offerings? 
"How then shall they call on Him 
in whom they have not believed? 
and how shall they believe in Him 
of whom they have not heard? and 
how shall they hear without a 
preacher? And how shall they 
preach, except they be sent?" Breth- 
ren, the answer lies at your door- 
step. Will you take it in and say, 
"With your help. Lord, I'll do the 
impossible. I know there are over- 
flowing Jordans, high walled cities 
and giants in the land but, Lord, 
on your authority, I'm going to 
help possess that land in your 
Name!" 



The THANKSGIVING OFFERING is NOW JUST 



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I Would Like to Do It 



All Over Again 



// 



Bernard N. Schneider, Covington, Va. 




There is always the danger for 
the man who is in the Lord's Work, 
of taking credit for himself, when 
many times he was more of a 
hindrance to the Lord than a help, 
and the credit for the success should 
go to the Lord instead of to man. 
Let me say therefore at the be- 
ginning of this short article that I 



am fully aware of the fact that the 
success of our work here in Cov- 
ington was accomplished through 
the wonderfully blessing of the 
Lord, and to Him belongs all the 
credit and the glory for it. But I 
do want to thank Him for having 
given me the privilege of working 
for Him here, while He gave the 
increase. 

It is now almost four years and 
a half since I came to Covington 
to start a Home Mission Church 
for the Brethren Church. The first 
year was spent in laying the foun- 
dation of the work, and in building 
the church. During the next three 
and a half years Mrs. Schneider 
and I have watched the work grow 
into a well established and entirely 
self supporting Brethren church, by 
the grace of God. We had to start 
from almost nothing here. There 
were very few Brethren here, and 
fewer who had the faith and cour- 
age to start with us in the new 
venture. After a little time we 
found that we had just about a 
dozen faithful Brethren who were 



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willing to throw in their lot with 
us. These people of course were of 
great help and proved themselves 
as real pioneers. 

Our first Sunday School was or- 
ganized with 15 (fifteen) members, 
nine of them representing one fam- 
ily. This group met in a small 
store room which would seat about 
45 people. The room had been a 
small beer parlor before, and I 
remodeled it myself, taking out the 
old counter and partitions, put in 
a new fioor, and patched up the 
walls so as to make it as nearly a 
place fit to worship in as possible. 
Now, after these four years, the 
Sunday School has well over 200 
members, with a splendid staff of 
teachers and officers. The original 
dozen church members have multi- 
plied and grown to 203, with three- 
fourths of them adults over 18 years 
of age, and we are worshipping in 
a fine church building of our own. 
Surely, the Lord has blessed us. 
During the year 1938 we baptized 
and received into the fellowship of 
the church 101 persons. Along with 
other blessings, the financial part 
of our church work is something 
to be happy about. When we first 
began, $8.00 a Sunday seemed a 
large offering. Now it is nothing 
unusual to see the Sunday School 
and church offering reach or pass 
the $100.00 mark on a single Sun- 
day. All bills are met easily, and 
the original building debt has shrunk 
to $1000.00, or a little less than that. 



No one can appreciate the joy 
and thrill of such a work as this 
has been, unless he has experienced 
it. Mrs. Schneider and I often sit 
back on a Sunday night and talk 
about it, and every time we have to 
admit that it seems too good to 
be true, and that only the grace 
of God could have accomplished it. 
Just wiio wouldn't rejoice in such 
a work? 

It is true that the work has not 
always been easy, nor did it always 
look promising. There were many 
hardships to be borne, and some of 
them would make interesting read- 
ing if space would permit them. 
There were some disappointments 
to be endured, some backsets to go 
through, and many difficulties to be 
prayed away. But I came here 
with the firm conviction that if the 
whole Word of God was faithfully 
proclaimed, that God would bless 
it anywhere. This conviction I had 
gained at the seminary, largely be- 
cause of the inspirational teaching 
of Brother McClain, and the Lord 
surely has honored it. 

Would I do it all over again? Yes, 
I would like to do it all over again, 
gladly too, and I hope to have the 
opportunity to do just that some- 
where else some day if the Lord 
should tarry. I do not know of a 
finer and more satisfying as well 
as challenging work for a young 
minister to enter in, than that of, 
starting a Home Mission Church for 
the Lord Jesus Christ. 



HAVE YOU PRAYED ABOUT YOUR 



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Brethren Women Have a Ne^w 

Vision of HOME MISSIONS 

Mrs. W. A. Ogden, Los Angeles, Calif. 
Vice President, Brethren Woman's Missionary Council 



Acts 26:16 — "I have appeared un- 
to thee for this purpose, to make 
thee a minister and a witness." 

May we recall these words spoken 
to Saul of Tarsus so long ago, that 
may become profitable to us today. 
Reflecting back over the years, can 
we see to what extent we have ful- 
filled this purpose by our own lives 
and by the life of our Church? The 
Lord has appeared unto you and 
unto me casting off the darkness of 
sin and bringing to us the light of 
His glorious salvation. He has led 
us into a Church that teaches the 
whole gospel and seeks to obey all 
its commands, truly an apostolic 
teaching. What has become of the 
apostolic faith and zeal? We have 
made ourselves comfortable and 
have relaxed to enjoy our heritage. 
Have we boasted of our own faith 
and our church and thus lost sight 
of Him, without whom we can have 
no gospel? 

I have often wondered why our 
Beloved Church has made so little 
progress over the years. The United 
States is dotted with cities from 
coast to coast, and yet we can travel 
for a day, yes even days, without 
reaching a Brethren Church. How 
long can this continue? Is this the 
purpose spoken of to Saul? No, 
but that we might be witnesses. 



Acts 13:47 — "I have set thee to be 
a light . . . that thou shouldst be 
for salvation unto the ends of the 
earth." 

The time of awakening has come. 
Our eyes of faith can see the final 
preparation for our Lord's return 
in the air, and seeing Him, we hear 
His voice telling us to sound the 
warning to those yet unprepared. 

Many young people have answer- 
ed the call and are giving them- 
selves wherever He shall lead. We 
have been thrilled with the enthus- 
iasm of the mission pastors as they 
came before the Home Missions 
Council to tell of their work and 
the wonderful possibilities for the 
future. We recognize the blessing 
of God in the gifts that He has made 
possible through the churches. 

Brethren women have caught the 
vision and have a real place to 
fill in our great missionary work of 
extension. Under the leadership of 
the Woman's Missionary Council we 
expect to aid in the maintenance and 
establishment of Brethren Churches 
throughout our land. We have al- 
ways been enthusiastic for Foreign 
Missions, and now we must strength- 
en the Home Base. As souls are 
saved in America, churches will be 
built, thus assuring provision for the 
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Pastors^ Are You Planning to Hold 
Your Own Meetings This Year? 



There are times when it seems 
that it is best for a pastor to hold 
his own meeting. At such times 
he reahzes that he cannot very well 
do both the song leading and the 
preaching also. The answer to his 
need is an efficient, Spirit-filled song 
leader and singer. Any Brethren 
Pastor will find an answer to his 
need in Brother Roy Glass, a life 
long member of the Brethren 
Church, and an excellent gospel 
singer and song leader with many 
years of experience. Brother Glass 
has been working with men of 
other denominations, but would pre- 
fer to work within his own church. 
He will come for a free will offer- 
ing. He has worked with the Sec- 
retary of the Council in several 
campaigns and is unhesitatingly 
recommended to all. Address him 



at 405 Sixth Avenue, Juniata, Al- 
toona, Pa., or in care of the office of 
the Council. 




Roy A. Glass 



AN OPEN DOOR IN 
EAST LOS ANGELES 

(Continued from Page 8) 
assist in the work. Most of the pas- 
tors of the District, and several out- 
side men have appeared on their 
platform. 

Wouldn't you like to help a group 
like this? The present pressing 
need is for a full time pastor. They 
have proved the field, and also their 
willingness to work and support. 



However, they are a bit too small 
to pay a good pastor what he must 
have to carry on the work. We un- 
derstand that the Council is ready to 
help as funds are available. This 
work is well located in a new dist- 
rict where families that our people 
can reach are rapidly building homes 
of a substantial character. You can- 
not make a mistake in investing mis- 
sionary dollars in the East Los An- 
geles Brethren Church. 



AFTER OUR LORD RETURNS IT WILL BE 



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God Is Calling for 
Young Men! ! 

The end of the age is approaching. 

Men's hearts are failing them for fear because of the things 
coming upon the earth. 

With the world falling to pieces around them, men's hearts cry- 
out for a refuge that cannot be shaken. 

Hungry Christian hearts in many churches are being starved 
for lack of a real Gospel. 

The Brethren Church has the real gospel — the whole gospel — the 
gospel that satisfies the heart — that saves the soul — that 
gives perfect peace in a troubled and doomed world! 

Young Man, are you saved? Do you 
know^ theOnly Refuge for men today? 

GOD IS CALLING YOU TO STAND AND PREACH 
CHRIST TO MEN IN THESE GREAT DAYS! 

He is calling Seminary Graduates. 

He is calling College Graduates. 

He is calling Bible Institute Graduates. 

If you need training, God will help you to get it! 

NOW — 

WILL YOU ANSWER GOD'S CALL? 
HE IS CALLING YOU! 



TOO LATE TO HELP HOME MISSIONS 



WHY THIS SHOUL 
GREATEST HOh/ 

Robert D. Crees, 

In years gone by we had to seek diligently to find doors of 
opportunity for Brethren Home Mission work. In fact, there was a 
time when we did not even bother to seek — we had lost our vision. 
Today it is vastly different. We no longer have to 
seek doors of opportunity, — ^ve can see them! We 
do not even have to knock at these doors, — they are 
already open! ! We do not have to ask to come in, 
— the hungry people inside are asking us! I ! What 
a challenge and what a responsibility. To think that 
groups of loyal Brethren people in scattered sections 
of the United States are asking for organization, lead- 
ership, and temporary financial aid to help them 
start a Brethren Church in their community! May 
God help us to rise up and grasp this opportunity 
while the time is ripe. 

Doors are fast closing in Europe today, and the 
Gospel is being shut out. The dictator nations have 
little or no time for God and the Church, and in 
the path of conquest churches are being closed and 
missionaries expelled. The doors have been shut in 
Russia, Spain, and Ethiopia. Protestant preachers are 
in concentration camps in Germany. With France 
now at war, restrictions may be placed on our mis- 
sionaries in French Equatorial Africa. Submarine and 
airplane warfare has made the crossing of the At- 
lantic a dangerous undertaking. Even now our own 
missionaries home here on furlough do not know if 
the governments will give them passports so they 
can return to their work abroad. New missionaries, just approved, 
face the same problem. We ought to work hard and fast here in Amer- 



An INCREASE of ONE-THIRD in YOUR HOME 



BE OUR 

SSION OFFERING! 




Vayneshoro, Pa. 

ica this year in Home Missions while the doors of opportunity are 
still open! 

A still greater peril threatens the United States. We know that 
the War Department of the United States has laid care- 
fully detailed plans for the sudden regimentation of this 
country in case we ever enter into a war. All industry 
will be under one head. We have no assurance that the 
schools and churches will be left out. It is entirely 
possible that should the U. S. enter into a war, the 
government would take over the control of the church- 
es. In the confusion that would result, any vital 
Home Mission Program would be impossible. There- 
fore, we must do what we can, now! The time may 
be shorter than we think. Within a few short years 
innocent lives may be snuffed out in our own United 
States by sudden air raids of enemy powers. How 
ashamed we would feel in that day if we selfishly 
withheld money for Home Missions, — money that 
could have been used to build churches and save 
the souls of thousands of people before sudden death 
and destruction seals their last chance of even be- 
coming a Christian. 

How much better it is to give now to Home 
Missions to save the souls of men, than to give to- 
morrow to a war program which will snuff out the 
lives of millions! Let us pray that this year we 
may respond to the call of the Lord to open doors 

here in America, by giving the greatest Thanksgiving Home Mission 

Offering in our history! 



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What the Brethren Church COULD 
DO in Western Kansas 



Geo. E. Cone, pastor, Portis, Kan. 



"What The Brethren Church 
Could Do in Western Kansas." To 
be sure the Lord only knows just 
v/hat The Brethren Church could 
clo in Western Kansas. One thing 
should be evident to all: — The 
Brethren Church could give the 
ringing Gospel Message to thous- 
ands of precious souls hungry for 
it. Now but one Brethren Church 
stands in all this vast territory to 
send out the witness to the truth as 
BRETHREN believe and practice 
it. All around us men and women, 
boys and girls hunger for the Bread 
of Life. Unless it is taken to them 
they will die hungry for the 
Bread of Life. 

Within the past twelve months 
there have been workers from the 
central and eastern states visiting 
in Western Kansas and expressed 
their marvel at the hunger of the 
people for The Word of God. In 
contrasting the opportunities of this 
territory and that farther east they 
marvel at, the receptiveness to the 
truth, the manifest Faith of the 
people, the earnestness in and joy 
at the presentation of The Truth of 
The Word by any who present it. 

It is not now a matter of open 
fields to enter. The fields are open. 
White to a harvest. A harvest 



that is more valuable than oats or 
corn or cotton or whatever you 
may name of the things of this 
world. It is largely a wheat coun- 
try. When you think of wheat you 
think of bread. When you think 
of Bread you should think of That 
Bread which came down out of 
Heaven that whosoever eateth might 
be satisfied. Sad to say, though, 
that bread is so craved for and so 
sparingly offered in Western Kans- 
as. 

One would be safe in saying that, 
The Brethren Church could send 
the Gospel Light to thousands now 
lying in sin and darkness in West- 
ern Kansas. 

The Brethren Church could build 
large and lasting testimonies for 
Jesus Christ in that needy terri- 
tory. 

Do you rise and say, "If it could 
be done why is it not being done?" 
One reason should be evident to all, 
we have explained the needs of 
the peoples of South America, of 
Africa and of the islands of the 
sea. We have told of the thousands 
in far away lands lying in Heathen 
Darkness. We have not said one 
word too much about the needs 
abroad. One would not for one 
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YOU CANNOT PLEASE GOD WITH 



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LOST and FOUND- 



Ralph Ramho, Winona Lake, Ind. 



Northern California is still a field 
for the Brethren Church 

Reference to the history of the 
Brethren work in Cahfornia points 
out the fact that the oldest Brethren 
Church in California is located in 
this part of the State, and yet there 
are only three organized Brethren 
Churches between Fillmore, located 
forty miles north of Los Angeles, 
and Sunny Side, Washington, a dis- 
tance of about 1500 miles. This is 
surely a great field, and if Our Lord 
Tarries I believe it is the prayer of 
thousands of Brethren that this 
beautiful western land of ours be 
covered with the witness of the 
Brethren Ministry. 

But in this article we will confine 
ourselves to what is termed our 
Northern California District, com- 
prising an area extending from 
Bakersfield on the south to the 
Oregon State line on the North, 
taking in the San Joaquin, Sacra- 
mento, and Santa Clara Valleys as 
well as the rich bay district around 
San Francisco and Oakland. The 
three churches mentioned above are 
all in this district, namely, Manteca, 
Lathrop, and Tracy. There is also 
one at Modesto in the course of or- 
ganization, and there was one at 
Turlock, but the building recently 
burned and we understand is not 
to be rebuilt. 



The reader will naturally ask, 
"Why so few churches in this field?" 
Is there room for no more Brethren 
churches?" No, that is not the rea- 
son. As I sit at my desk writing I 
can think of at least fifteen cities 
of over ten thousand population 
within a radius of two hundred 
miles, in which there are no Breth- 
ren Churches. 

Now there must be a reason for 
the neglect of this fertile field. Must 
we hang our heads in shame and 
admit it is lack of vision on the 
part of the Brethren in this district? 
Have we no Missionary Spirit? Do 
v/e lack an evangelistic fervor? Or 
have we ceased to believe in the 
teaching of the Brethren faith? 
What ever has been the cause for 
neglect we believe the time has 
come for us to launch out for God! 
Tracy and Modesto have proven 
v/hat can be done. Surely it takes 
faith to start a new work in any 
field, but God will supply the faith 
needed if we are willing to yield 
ourselves entirely to Him. 

Since returning from our National 
Conference the writer talked with 
the pastor of a Baptist Church here 
in San Jose. He said "Why do the 
Brethren not have a church in San 
Jose? We would be glad to see 
your denomination open a work 
here. We would give you all the 



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support possible." I believe that is 
the spirit of all born again Chris- 
tians. As the representative of The 
Home Missions Council in this dis- 
trict I am praying that we may all 
awaken to the opportunities that 
are ours of organizing Brethren 
Churches in Northern California. 

I believe I received the greatest 
inspiration of my life at Winona 
Lake, Indiana, this year. I only 
wish I could pass it on to you. We 
say we believe in the near return of 
Our Blessed Lord. If we do, let us 
put our belief into action and dem- 
onstrate to the world that we still be- 
lieve in the teaching of the Brethren 
Faith by organizing dozens of Breth- 
ren churches, not only in Northern 
California, but all over our fair land. 
No, Northern California is not lost 
to the Brethren Ministry. Tracy 
and Modesto have given us a new 
inspiration, and trusting in Him for 
strength we are going forward in 
His Precious Name. 



WHAT THE BRETHREN CHURCH 

COULD DO IN WESTERN 

KANSAS 

(Continued from Page 20) 
moment try to detract from that 
which has been and is being said 
about the needs of those lying in 
Heathen Darkness. But Beloved 
one need go no farther than ones 
own community to find those as 
much in Heathen Darkness, super- 
stition, and eternal death as those 
in central Africa. 
If we read our Bibles aright our 



God and His Christ placed as much 
stress on Preaching the Gospel at 
home as He did in taking it abroad. 

I believe that if our Mission 
Boards would prove out all of their 
candidates for the Foreign fields 
here at home before they went over 
one foot of Briny Sea we would have 
less heathen here at home and less 
likelihood of misfits in some other 
places. 

In Western Kansas there is as 
large a field for Gospel Evangelism 
as anywhere on the face of this 
earth. Dying souls groping for the 
light and dying in sin. Calling for 
Spiritual Bread and being handed 
a stone. Asking for a fish and be- 
ing given a Scorpion. Needing a 
Saviour that saves and keeps. Need- 
ing a Gospel that is really Good 
News. Needing a Church home 
that is a real Spiritual dwelling 
place. A warm, Spirit-filled, God 
given Church home is desired by 
the thousands of precious souls in 
Western Kansas. Brethren People 
claim to have what these dying 
souls need. Do they have it? I 
hear a chorus of voices crying "Yes 
Brother we have the True Gospel, 
Eternal Life Through Jesus Christ 
Our Lord, Blessed Communion with 
the Lord and His Saints." Then 
Brethren why are we withholding 
it from this vast territory in West- 
ern Kansas? One rises and asks, 
"How can we give them this which 
they need?" The answer is not far 
to seek. Pray, Brethren, Pray that 
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IT IS NOT HOW MUCH YOU GIVE, BUT 



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HOME MISSIONS 



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enous Dusiness ror 



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Rev. L. L. Guhh, Rittman, O. 



Business! Business! Business! WE 
WANT MORE BUSINESS! Is the 
cry today from the layman to the 
first ranking officer of our nation. 
True secular business does, and must 
have its place in our economy, but 
much too often it hinders the most 
serious business of all; that of evan- 
gelizing men for Christ. Brethren, 
this should not be so. 

First: BECAUSE OF OUR 
LORD'S GREAT COMMISSION. 

Imperatively, emphatically rings 
out the command of the ascending 
Lord, "Go ye therefore, and teach all 
nations, baptizing them in the name 
of the Father, and of the Son, and 
of the Holy Ghost" (Matt. 28:19). 
This divine order was directed, not 
to the once-born children of men, 
but to the twice-born children of 
God. Therefore, no Christian can 
be excluded from the scope and re- 
sponsibility of it. 

Notice that it is definitely a com- 
m.and to "GO!" The Lord Jesus, 
in His infinite foreknowledge, and 
through His previous experience 
with men knew that the world gen- 
erally would not voluntarily seek 
after the Gospel. Was it the policy 



of Paul, Peter or others of the 
disciples to sit idly by expecting 
unsaved humanity to rush pleading- 
ly into their presence begging for 
a saving draft of the Gospel mes- 
sage? Bible history teaches just the 
opposite! If souls are to be saved 
we must follow our Lord's com- 




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mand and the example of His early- 
servants to "GO", regarding not the 
time, nor the place, nor the circum- 
stances, but only the will of God. 

The Great Commission is amply 
supported by a divine guarantee. 
"All power is given unto me in 
heaven and in earth . . . and, lo, I am 
with you alway, even unto the end 
of the world" (Matt. 28:18, 20). 
Christ unconditionally promises His 
age-long support of those who hear 
and obey His command to "GO"! 
The Home Missions Council and 
their mission pastors have heard 
that command for the Brethren 
Church, and they are claiming the 
promise through her people. Will 
they respond? 

Secondly: BECAUSE OF THE 
TREMENDOUS NEED. 

Could any Christian be so foolish 
and shortsighted as to minimize the 
pressing, current spiritual need of 
our American nation? Thousands 
sit at our thresholds, eternally lost, 
V'/ithout hope, bound for perdition, 
and we raise not even a feeble ef- 
fort in their behalf. 

Moving out of our immediate lo- 
calities into a land teeming with 
130,000,000 millions of souls, how 
many are there who have ever even 
heard of the Brethren Church and 
her ministry? The answer would 
be: a mere fraction of this great 
multitude! Thousands of cities and 
thousands of lost souls have no 
Brethren testimony. Our present 
list of nine home mission points 
are infinitesimal when compared 
with this tremendous need. But, so 
rapidly is God expanding the work 



of the Council by opening new fields 
and opportunities that many more 
pastors and thousands of dollars are 
needed to meet the demand. Some- 
one has written in the Moody 
Monthly: "The church is our force; 
the world is our field. The church 
is supposed to work the field; not 
the field the church. Because many 
have mistaken the church for the 
field and the pastor for the force, 
the world each year adds 6,000,000 
more to heathendom than to the 
church." What a sublime challenge 
to the constituency of the Brethren 
Church! True Brethren will sacri- 
ficially deny themselves to meet 
such a great need! 

Thirdly: BECAUSE THE TIME 
IS SHORT. 

"Now is our salvation nearer than 
when we believed" (Rom. 13:11). 

Eighteen hundred years ago the 
keen-sighted Apostle Paul sensed 
the brevity of God's allotted time 
for earthly Christian service. How 
much shorter is that time now, 
especially in view of fulfilled proph- 
ecies? 

The apostate churches of Chris- 
tendom stand condemned before the 
judgment bar of God, and yet a 
mute and tragic evidence of the 
nearness of the end of the age. 

The recent amazing alignment of 
European nations in accordance 
with the prophetic Word speaks 
in blazing headlines, "Jesus is com- 
ing." 

Over the world souls are being 

added to the heavenly Bride each 

day. The addition of each one brings 

us just another step closer to the 

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Brethren Student 

Life Volunteers 

A Vital Necessity to Any Real Progress in Spreading 
the Whole Gospel 

Orville Lorenz, Meyersdale, Pa. 

The Brethren Student Life Vol- 
unteers is a movement "committed 
to the dedication of Brethren young 
men and women to the ministry of 
Christ." The organization which is 
composed of young people who are 
giving their lives in complete dedi- 
cation to Christ, purposes to advise 
and encourage its members for lay 
leadership, missionary activity and 
the ministry. Surely in a time of 
crisis the nation and the Brethren 
Church are in need of sincere, ac- 
tive, and dedicated laymen, mis- 
sionaries and ministers. 

No generation of youth have been 
brought face to face with so many 
anti-moral and anti-Christian forces 
as the youth of today. We witness 
the far-flung attacks upon the 
strongholds of purity. We notice 
the printing presses of the nation 
vomiting forth vile books, pamph- 
lets and magazines because they 
have been drafted into the service 
of hell by degenerate and unre- 
generate minds. Everywhere we 
behold large and attractively entic- 
ing displays of liquor and tobacco 
advertisements appealing to the 
youth to become their slaves. Un- 
principled men have forced our 
youth to live where intoxicating 




drinks are dispensed freely, with 
governmental applause, it being the 
"polite" thing to drink, while others 
hand out "coffin nails" freely. Youth 
is being robbed of its purity by 
commercialized entertainment such 
as our modern roadhouses, dance- 
halls, and other dens of vice. A 
sensual stage fills their minds with 
smut and seducively portrays the 
downward path. All such agencies 
combine to weak the foundations of 
moraUty. As a result, we live in a 
lawless nation where gangster ma- 



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chine guns laugh at law, and youth 
pack the penitentaries to overflow- 
ing, \vhere the Christian home is 
assaulted and youth travels the 
path of selfishness, immorality, 
away from Christ. 

Generally speaking, the church 
evidence a lukewarm condition. 
The "I-don't-care" attitude and the 
"let George" spirit is portrayed by 
empty pews, abandoned prayer 
services and closed churches. The 
fires of evangelism have died and 
the "new birth" rate has decreased 
so alarmingly that internal decay 
and spiritually dead churches re- 
sult. 

With world conditions such as 
they are one can readily see the 
urgent necessity of an organization 
such as the B. S. L. V. In the midst 
of a world of wickedness and spir- 
itual decay the B. S. L. V. finds a 
needed place. In the midst of a 
world with organized anti-Christian 
and anti-moral youth organizations 
surely the Brethren Church should 
have one organization of youth 
definitely moral and Christian. 
These young people stand in the 
gap. The Gospel must be preached 
to a sinful world. In order for it 
to be proclaimed new recruits must 
be enlisted and encouraged in the 
work of Christ. The world needs 
them. The Church needs these 
young people who are embattled 
for Christ: young people who have 
a fervent loyalty to Christ, young 
people who have found Heaven's 
forgiveness for earth's sins, and who 
have Spirit born enthusiasm and a 
God inspired vision to strengthen 
anemic churches and tell the love 



of Christ to others. 

Young people who are not shak- 
ing hands with sin, are making 
no covenants with iniquity but are 
dedicated to Christ and are being 
trained and encouraged by conse- 
crated leaders and thus fitted for 
the service of Christ are greatly 
needed in any Church. In their 
hand the Church of tomorrow is 
held. Thus, the B. S. L. V. is a 
prayerful endeavor to answer the 
challenge created by conditions 
both within and without. Dedicated 
and consecrated youth, such as 
form the membership of the B. S. 
L. V. are a vital necessity to any 
real progress in the spread of the 
Gospel, for from their ranks will 
come yielded, trained, enthusiastic 
laymen, missionaries and ministers 
who are not ashamed of Christ and 
His Gospel. What a challenge this 
presents for eager, hopeful young 
people to offer their talents, their 
gifts, their time, their testimony, 
yes, their very lives for the Saviour 
and the winning of precious souls 
for Him who died on Calvary. What 
a challenge for the sympathetic 
interest and prayer of older folks, 
that this group will be used of the 
Lord to meet the need and fulfill 
their purpose. 



iVHAT THE BRETHREN CHURCH 
COULD DO IN WESTERN 

KANSAS 
(Continued from Page 22) 
the Gospel may be presented. Pay, 
that means dig down in the old 
pocketbook or bank book and place 
some of that Tithe you have been 
withholding on the collection plate 



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or in the coin collector or the envel- 
ope for work in Western Kansas. 
Go, God surely will call young peo- 
ple to go. Many will say, "I cannot go 
to Foreign lands." Will you say to 
your God, "I cannot go to Western 
Kansas"? You know Western 
Kansas is here in the Good Old 
U. S. A. The people speak the 
same language you speak. They 
have the same sort of Spiritual and 
physical hunger you have. Could 
you answer yes to Jesus, to God 
and to The Brethren Church to 
Pray, to Pay and to Go to take the 
Gospel in its simplicity and purity 
to Western Kansas? Try it and 
prove "What The Brethren Church 
Could Do in Western Kansas." 



BRETHREN WOMEN HAVE A 

NEW VISION OF HOME 

MISSIONS 

(Continued from Page 18) 
work in the "uttermost parts of the 
earth." 

Our plan is three-fold, namely, 
Information, Prayer, and giving of 
our substance. In our local Council 
meetings definite information will 
be given on mission points thereby 
producing greater interest among 
our women. Seeing the need, hearts 
will become burdened, then the best 
outlet for a burdened heart is 
prayer. We can only pray intel- 
ligently when we have a knowledge 
of facts. Spurgeon said, "O, if we 
prayed as deeply and as earnestly 
as the apostles did, we should have 
as much success. Mental power 
may fill a chapel; spiritual power 
fills the church. Mental power may 
gather a congregation; spiritual 



power will save souls." Through 
vmited prayer in our prayer hands, 
collectively and individually, we 
can expect spiritual power today. 

As we increase our praying the nat- 
ural result will be an increase in 
giving. In the apostle's day "they 
gave all their substance" but many 
Christians today have gone to the 
other extreme and given nothing! 
Today is your day and mine, the day 
in which we play our part. It is 
the part of action, not slothfulness; 
the part of love and faith. Let us 
be thankful and express that thank- 
fulness in giving. 

God helping us by His Spirit, we 
will see great things accomplished 
for Him in the days before us. May 
He grant us increased faith in a 
wonderful Lord Who gave us a 
gospel of power that brings repent- 
ance and salvation to men today. 



HOME MISSIONS, ETC. 

(Continued from Page 24) 
completion of that righteous Body. 
Then — the Rapture of the Saints! 

"But of that day and hour know- 
eth no man." The coming of the 
Savior is ALWAYS imminent! What 
if He should come today? Would 
He be satisfied with our gifts and 
support of Home Missions, or would 
He be forced to condemn us for our 
lack of faith and trust in His prom- 
ises? WE BELIEVE that the mem- 
bers of the Brethren Church will 
MEET THE CHALLENGE for an 
offering exceeding $22,000 because 
they have heard Christ's command, 
envisioned the need, and recognized 
the imminency of His return. Even 
so come, Lord Jesus! 



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BULLETIN 

WINONA LAKE, INDIANA— OCTOBER, 1939 




Grace Seminary Building 



THE NEW LOCATION 



The new quarters of the Seminary at 
Winona Lake in the finest and most sub- 
stantial building on the grounds (pic- 
tured above), formerly known as the 
Sawtelle Building, which occupies a 
beautiful and commanding site in the 
center of a fifteen-acre campus. The 
present owners, the Free Methodist Pub- 
lishing Company, have completely mod- 
ernized the building in every respect, 
and the Seminary has leased quarters 
on the upper floor which are commodious 
and well adapted to its academic needs, 
including chapel, library, classrooms and 
offices. 

The town is situated on the shore of 
Lake Winona, about two miles from the 
business center of Warsaw, which is on 
Route 30 and the main line of the Penn- 
sylvania Railroad, forty-four miles west 



of Fort Wayne and 115 miles east of Chi- 
cago. Friends are cordially invited to 
stop and visit the school in this new lo- 
cation. 



FIRST STUDENT BODY AT WINONA 



The number of registered students for 
the first semester in the new location is 
regarded as quite satisfactory. On ac- 
count of the removal from Akron to Wi- 
nona Lake, a certain percentage of loss 
was expected for at least the first year 
at this place, since some of the prospec- 
tive Akron local students would be un- 
able to follow the Seminary to the new 
location. Furthermore, the last year's 
student body was reduced by the grad- 
uation of ten students. However, in spite 
of these expected reductions, the total 
registration^ for the present semester 
number twenty^nine. 



November, 1939 



29 



Two of this number are undertaking 
graduate work for the Master's degree 
and twenty-seven are enrolled in the 
regular courses. Thirteen of these are 
registered for the first time, and ten of 
the new students are full-time Juniors in 
the regular three- year course. 

Seven of the students come from Cali- 
fornia, seven from Ohio, four from In- 
diana, three from Washington, three 
from Pennsylvania, two from New Jer- 
sey, one from Kansas, one from Virginia, 
and one from the District of Columbia. 

Five different Protestant denomina- 
tions are represented and eighteen col- 
leges, universities, and other educational 
institutions. 

Since the spiritual atmosphere of any 
Christian school must be created very 
largely through the students who at- 
tend, Grace Seminary is thankful for the 
fine group of young people God has di- 
rected to this place. Their firm faith in 
the Word of God, earnest attitude to- 
ward the work, and very apparent devo- 
tion to the Lord who called them into 
His service, are clear evidences of His 
rich blessing upon the school. 



OPENING EVENTS OF THE YEAR 



The year opened with Registration 
Day on Monday, September 18, and 
classes began the next morning. The 
Convocation Chapel Service was held on 
Tuesday at 9:30 with a number of visit- 
ors present, both from Winona and sur- 
rounding towns. A very appropriate and 
helpful message was delivered by Rev- 
erend Centz of The American Board of 
Missions to the Jews. On Wednesday 
evening the students and faculty assem- 
bled for the opening Fellowship and 
Praise service which was led by Arnold 
Kriegbaum, president of the student 
body. The Faculty Reception was held 
on Tuesday evening of the second week 
in the library room. Following expres- 
sions of welcome from President Mc- 
Clain and Arnold Kriegbaum, Mr. Wil- 
liam Kerr of Atlantic City, New Jersey, 
spoke on behalf of the new students. 
Among the visitors present were Mr. 



and Mrs. Thayer and Mr. and Mrs. 
Gaddis of Winona Lake, Indiana, and 
Reverend and Mrs. Leo Polman with 
several members from their church at 
Fort Wayne. Mr. Gaddis, manager of the 
Free Methodist Publishing Company 
and Building, and Professor Sandy of 
the faculty delivered brief addresses. 
Special music was rendered by Miss Mil- 
dred Miller, Mrs. Harold Dunning, Mr. 
Henry Remple, and Rev. and Mrs. Pol- 
man. Last Friday the students and facul- 
ty held an outdoor meeting during the 
late afternoon and evening at Bethany 
Camp. Games and a campfire supper 
were the order of the day, and the eve- 
ning was closed with a devotional meet- 
ing around the fire in Victory Circle. 



SPECIAL CHAPEL SPEAKERS 



The Seminary has been very foi-tunate 
thus far in being able to secure as chapel 
speakers some noted visitors at Winona. 
During the first week chapel addresses 
were delivered by Dr. E. J. Pace, well- 
known cartoonist of the Sunday School 
Times, Dr. Harry Vom Bruch, famous 
evangelist, and Reverend Centz, of the 
American Mission to the Jews. Reverend 
Oscar Wago was also scheduled for one 
day, but on account of weakness due to 
a recent illness his place was taken by 
Rev. Centz. More recent chapel speakers 
were Reverend Livengood, pastor of the 
First United Brethren Church of War- 
saw, Indiana, and Mr. Arthur McKee, 
General Manager of the Winona Lake 
Assembly. The Seminary is grateful for 
the generous ministry of these men and 
has profited greatly from their clear tes- 
timony to the truth of the Word of God. 



PROFESSOR SANDY JOINS 
FACULTY 



The Seminary takes this opportunity 
to welcome publicly the newest member 
of the faculty. Professor Conard Sandy 
together with Mrs. Sandy. Brother 
Sandy has held pastorates in Ohio, Iowa, 
and California. He received the Bachelor 



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of Arts degree from Ashland College, 
and the Bachelor of Theology degree 
from Ashland Theological Seminary, 
having graduated from the latter insti- 
tution with the honor of Cum Laude. He 
has also taken work leading to a grad- 
uate degree at the University of South- 
ern California. Grace Seminary is for- 
tunate in having Professor Sandy join 
the faculty at this particular time, since 
he has just returned from a trip through 
Europe and the Holy Land, traveling, by 
the way, on the now famous Gennan 
S.S. Bremen on its last trip to this coun- 
try. He will teach in the fields of Old 
Testament and Church History. Mrs. 
Sandy, who has had considerable expe- 
rience in library work, will have charge 
of the Seminary library. Friends of the 
Seminary will be interested to know 
that Mrs. Sandy is a sister of Dr. Ken- 
neth Monroe, Dean of the Bible Institute 
of Los Angeles. Grace Seminary is glad 
for the fellowship of Brother and Sister 
Sandy. 



The Brethren Herald 
THE CORPORATION MEETING 



MEETING OF THE BOARD OF 
TRUSTEES 



The Board of Trustees of the Semi- 
nary met in the Seminary Chapel on 
August 30, 1939, at Winona Lake, In- 
diana. President of the Board, A. V. 
Kimmell, read from the Word and Con- 
ard Sandy led the members in prayer. 
The present officers were re-elected: A. 
V. Kimmell, President; R. D. Barnard, 
Vice-president; Orville D. Lorenz, Sec- 
retary; F. B. Miller, Treasurer; Louis S. 
Bauman and Roy Patterson, members- 
elect of the Executive Committee. Re- 
ports were heard concerning the Semi- 
nary, its funds, the present location, fu- 
ture plans, and the -Laura Busey estate 
recently bequeathed to the Seminary. 
Mrs. Alva J. McClain was appointed to 
act as Financial Secretary. A second ses- 
sion of the Board was held at 2:00 p. m., 
September 1, at which Professor Sandy 
was called to join the faculty, and at the 
same time offered his resignation as a 
member of the Board. 



Members of the Grace Theological 
Seminary Corporation and friends met 
on the evening of August 31, 1939, at 
the Christian Temple, Winona Lake, In- 
diana. About 600 were present. After an 
inspirational song service in charge of 
Leo Polman, Vice-president Barnard led 
in prayer. The Secretary read the min- 
utes of the 1938 meeting and announced 
the result of the election of trustees con- 
ducted by mail as follows: F. B. Miller, 
W. A. Ogden, Earl W. Reed, Conard 
Sandy, Wm. H. Schaffer, W. A. Steffler, 
George Hocking, Edward H. Wolf, Cleve 
Miller; all for the regular term of three 
years. The names of new members of 
the Corporation were read and appoved, 
after which all members of the Board of 
Trustees came to the platform and 
signed the Covenant of Faith as required 
by the Seminary Charter. Upon recom- 
mendation of the Board, the members of 
the Corporation authorized the Board 
to register the Corporation in the State 
of Indiana, and also to re-incorporate 
there, if necessary. 

Dr. Louis S. Bauman then presented 
very briefly the need of the Seminary, 
and an offering was received whicli 
amounted to $2,558.00 in pledges and 
$1,200.92 in cash, a remarkable evidence 
of the faithfulness of God and the in- 
terest of His people. 



SEMINARY OPEN HOUSE 



On the afternoon of Thursday, August 
Slst, the Seminary held an Open House 
for members of the Corporation and 
friends to give them an opportunity to 
inspect the new quarters of the school 
in the Free Methodist Publishing Com- 
pany building. Students acted as a re- 
ception committee, and several hundred 
people were shown through the class 
rooms, chapel, offices and library. Later 
in the evening the Seminary served a 
picnic supper to these friends in the Vic- 
tory Circle of Bethany Camp. 



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31 



REPORTS OF GIFTS TO GRACE THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY 

May 1-October 1, 1939 

Friends of the Seminary will recall that on last April 4th a special request for 
prayer was sent out, to the end that God would supply the funds needed to complete 
the year's work ending June 1st, and also to establish the Seminary in the new loca- 
tion at Winona Lake. We are glad to report that these prayer have been answered 
according to His faithfulness. All expenses have been fully met to date, and the new 
school year is begun without any handicap from past deficits. Since God has so gra- 
ciously honored the faith of those who prayed, the Seminary requests continued 
intercession that the increased needs may be met for the present year, and that our 
trust in His present year, and that our trust in His promises may not waver. 



Receipt 




Receipt 




Receipt 




Receipt 




Receipt 




No. 


Amt. 


No. 


Amt. 


No. 


Amt. 


No. 


Amt. 


No. 


Amt. 


1162 


$35.00 


1213 


7.25 


1263 


1.00 


1313 


4.00 


1363 


1.00 


1163 


21.20 


1214 


12.35 


1264 


50.00 


1314 


1.00 


1364 


1.00 


1164 


5.00 


1215 


15.00 


1265 


5.00 


1315 


5.00 


1365 


5.00 


1165 


lO.OO 


1216 


2.50 


1266 


5.00 


1316 


5.00 


1366 


1.00 


1166 


15.00 


1217 


4.33 


1267 


10.00 


1317 


5.00 


1367 


5.00 


1167 


10.00 


1218 


36.35 


1268 


5.00 


1318 


10.00 


1368 


l.OO 


1168 


5.00 


1219 


10.00 


1269 


5.0O 


1319 


5.00 


1369 


1.00 


1169 


10.00 


1220 


5.00 


1270 


lO.OO 


1320 


5.00 


1370 


2.00 


1170 


10.00 


1221 


l.OO 


1271 


10.00 


1321 


5.00 


1371 


10.00 


1171 


5.00 


1222 


25.00 


1272 


5.00 


1322 


12.00 


1372 


5.0O 


1172 


5.00 


1223 


5.00 


1273 


10.00 


1323 


1.00 


1373 


1.00 


1173 


5.00 


1224 


5.00 


1274 


10.00 


1324 


1.00 


1374 


1.00 


1174 


10.00 


1225 


5.00 


1275 


5.00 


1325 


5.00 


1375 


2.00 


1175 


5.00 


1226 


2.00 


1276 


lO.OO 


1326 


5.00 


1376. 


5.00 


1176 


25.00 


1227 


5.00 


1277 


5.00 


1327 


6.00 


1377 


1.00 


1177 


10.00 


1228 


5.00 


1278 


1.00 


1328 


5.00 


1378 


5.00 


1178 


2.00 


1229 


5.00 


1279 


1.00 


1329 


5.00 


1379 


25.00 


1179 


10.00 


1230 


5.00 


1280 


2.00 


13310 


5.00 


1380 


10.00 


1180 


5.00 


1231 


3.00 


1281 


5.00 


1331 


1.25 


1381 


5.00 


1181 


5.0O 


1232 


35.00 


1282 


5.00 


1332 


5.00 


1382 


• ."iOO 


1182 


10.00 


1233 


50.00 


1283 


5.0O 


2333 


5.00 


1383 


5.00 


1183 


10.00 


1234 


5.00 


1284 


10.00 


1334 


5.00 


1384 


2.00 


1184 


5.00 


1235 


20.00 


1285 


15.00 


1335 


1.00 


1385 


25.00 


1185 


5.00 


1236 


25.00 


1286 


1.00 


1336 


1.00 


1386 


35.00 


1186 


5.00 


1237 


10.00 


1287 


5.00 


1337 


1.00 


1387 


5.0O 


1187 


1.00 


1238 


10.00 


1288 


5.00 


1338 


1.00 


1388 


10.00 


1188 


1.00 


1239 


lO.OO 


1289 


500.00 


1339 


1.00 


1389 


5.00 


1189 


3.00 


1240 


5.00 


1290 


5.00 


1340 


5.00 


1390 


2.00 


1190 


7.0O 


1241 


5.00 


1291 


10.00 


1341 


1.00 


1391 


2.00 


1191 


1.00 


1242 


5.0O 


1292 


1.75 


1342 


1.00 


1392 


1.00 


11.92 


1.00 


1243 


25.00 


1293 


1,27 


1343 


1.00 


1393 


1.00 


1193 


5.00 


1244 


5.00 


1294 


5.00 


1344 


1.00 


1394 


1.00 


1194 


25.00 


1245 


4.00 


1295 


5.00 


1345 


5.00 


1395 


.>.oo 


1195 


25.00 


1246 


40.00 


1296 


5.00 


1346 


1.00 


1396 


10.00 


1196 


5.00 


1247 


5.00 


1297 


5.00 


1347 


1.00 


1397 


5.00 


1197 


5.00 


1248 


20.00 


1298 


5.00 


1348 


2.00 


1389 


5.00 


1198 


5.00 


1249 


5.00 


1299 


5.00 


1349 


.40 


1399 


5.00 


1199 


5.00 


1250 


5.00 


13*0 


5.00 


1350 


1.00 


1400 


4.00 


1200 


5.00 


1251 


20.00 


1301 


5.00 


1351 


5.00 


1401 


25.00 


1201 


5.0O 


1252 


19.25 


1302 


10.00 


1352 


1.00 


1402 


5.00 


1202 


10. OO 


1253 


10.00 


1303 


5.00 


1353 


1.00 


1403 


5.00 


1203 


1.50 


1254 


5.00 


1304 


5.00 


1354 


5.00 


1404 


4.00 


1204 


100.00 


1255 


5.C0 


1305 


5.00 


1355 


5.00 


1405 


3.00 


1205 


50.00 


1256 


1.00 


1306 


5.00 


1356 


1.00 


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5.00 


1206 


25.00 


1257 


5.00 


1307 


10.00 


1357 


5.00 


1407 


5.00 


1207 


5.00 


1258 


5.00 


1308 


1.00 


1358 


5.00 


1408 


1.00 


1208 


5.00 


1259 


20.00 


1309 


1.00 


1359 


1.00 


1409 


5.00 


1209 


5.00 


1260 


10.00 


1310 


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1360 


2.00 


1410 


2.10 


1210 


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1261 


10.00 


1311 


2.00 


1361 


5.00 


1411 


5.00 


1212 


5.00 


1262 


5.00 


1312 


1.00 


1362 


10.00 


1412 


5.00 



All gifts should be sent to Grace Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, Indiana, 

together with the names and addresses of those who give five dollars or more in a 
single gift, since all such donors a re eligible to membership in the Seminary Cor- 
poration. Upon request, envelopes and literature will be sent to churches or other 
organizations which desire to take special offerings for the work of the Seminary, 



32 The Brethren Herald 



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Oman s 

Missionary Council 

President — Mrs. Homer A. Kent — Washington, D. C. 
Editor— Mrs. A. B. Kidder, 211 Girard Ave., S. E., Canton, Ohio. 

» j < » ^ <» ^ « ^^ t^ ^ '^ fr^ ^ ^ » ^ ^ ^ "B » ^ '» (^ 6|» <^ ^ i^* j « » ^ * » ^ (^ • ^ « • I * ^ > ^ * » | i t ^ « > ^ « ^^ » | i > | b » ! ■ » ^ < t ^ i » | *» | * > j « ' I ** ! * ' I * * I * * I * ' I * * I ** I * " I * " I * ' I * * I * * I * ' I ** ! * ' I * " I * ^ I ** ! * 

OBJECTIVES SUGGESTED FOR THE YEAR 1939-1940 

1. Regular monthly devotional meetings. 

2. Missionary prayer circle. 

3. Bible Reading — entire New Testament, or a chapter a day of your own 
selection. 

4. Missionary project — Support of Bouca Station, with dime calendars 
turned in not later than February 25. 

5. Special offering lifted in January and July (for Administrative purposes). 

6. Thank Offering received at National Conference for Home Missions 
Council 

7. Public service held and offering lifted for Grace Seminary not later 
than May 1. 

8. Mission Study Class using "Biographies of Brethren Missionaries" — 
Study n. 

DEVOTIONAL PROGRAM FOR NOVEMBER 
CHRIST OUR SUFFICIENCY FOR THANKSGIVING 

Opening Hymn. 

Scripture Reading — Psalm 96. 

Season of Prayer (with emphasis on PRAISE). 

Topic: CHRIST THE GROUND OF THANKSGIVING. 

Hymn 

Topic: CHRIST THE EXAMPLE OF THANKSGIVING. • 

Special Number or Hymn, 

Topic: CHRIST TRANSLATES THANKSGIVING INTO THANKSLIVING 

Business Session. 

Closing Prayer. 



November, 1929 



33 



GREETINGS FROM THE 
NATIONAL PRESIDENT 

Mrs. Homer A. Kent 

Christian women everywhere have 
been inspired to consecrated service 
for their Lord, as a direct response 
to His resurrection, namely "GO 
and TELL." The vision of unreached 
miUions throughout the world, who 
have never heard even one word; 
the pleading cry of those who seek 
after Him because they have heard 
a little; and the constant urge of the 
Holy Spirit that yielded lives must 
serve, — these things have compelled 
m.any Brethren women to launch 
out under a united banner of mis- 
sionary service. 

"Behold, I have set before thee 
an open door, and no man can shut 
it," are the words of our Lord in 
Rev. 3:8. Many of us have been 
privileged to enter the door and 
have been faithfully trying to do His 
will for years. And He has blessed 
our efforts. Souls have been gather- 
ed in, and the light shines a bit 
more brightly, perhaps, in our Mis- 
sion Stations in Africa and South 
America because we have had a 
part. Many Brethren women have 
been faithful in intercessory prayer. 
Many have given sacrificially of 
their tithes and offerings that Breth- 
ren Missionary endeavor might go 
forward. But the number is so 
small when we consider that the 
Brethren church claims a consti- 
tuent membership of thirty thous- 
and members. Why have the others 
not affiliated themselves in a defi- 
nite active way? Has it taken the 
precipitation of a heartbreaking 



crisis in our beloved denomination 
to wake up others? Has the "open 
door" just now been revealed to 
the hundreds of Brethren women, 
hitherto inactive? 



'W^ 



.?r 




Mrs. Homer A. Kent 
President 

With the foregoing in mind, we 
have stepped out on faith to provide 
another avenue of missionary service 
to all Brethren women. Our purpose 
is to support, in a larger way, our 
already established Foreign Mis- 
sion Work. We want to have a 
part in extending Brethren Home 
Missions as well. We want to be of 
help and guidance to our member- 
ship, that they may live yielded 
lives, separated unto God. Then 
they will become "fit vessels for 
the Master's use." 

It is our desire that the necessary 
mechanics of our organization be 
kept very simple. Every Brethren 



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The Brethren Herald 



woman can become a member, 
others may be included and wel- 
comed (but not hold office.) NO 
DUES ARE PAID. A membership 
card is signed, which reads as fol- 
lows: "Believing that the Lord 
Jesus Christ would have all men 
hear the gospel and that His fol- 
lowers must tell the Story of Sal- 
vation to unregenerate men and 
women, I desire to become a mem- 
ber of the Brethren Women's Mis- 
sionary Council. I shall pray reg- 
ularly, serve as I am able, and 
give my offerings as the Holy Spirit 
leads me. Signed " 

Free-will offerings are to be re- 
ceived at every meeting. No re- 
quired amount is suggested. Small 
gifts are just as acceptable as larg- 
er ones, as all are given in a spirit 
of devotion. These offerings are to 
be used for the special objectives 
designated in the list, printed else- 
where in this magazine. So you 
may begin right away to carry 
them out. We do not check at any 
time to see if you have carried 
them out, but we are confident that 
you will make a sincere effort to do 
so. 

Regular intercessory prayer for 
all our missionaries, prayed for by 
name and separately, is urged upon 
each council. Three related de- 
votional topics will be mailed each 
month to the leader whose name 
your local council sends in. These 
three topics are mimeographed 
sheets and can be used by three 
women at your meeting each month. 
Thus you will have fresh material, 
as it will not be printed elsewhere. 



These will be mailed by our Editor, 
Mrs. A. B. Kidder, 211 Girard Ave. 
S. E., Canton, Ohio. Won't you 




Mrs. W. A. Ogden 
Vice President 

please write her at once, in order 
that your local council may begin 
using them right away? There 
will also be printed in the Herald 
each month up-to-the-minute news 
from our mission field, procured 
by the Vice President, Mrs. W. A. 
Ogden. This will be information 
not printed elsewhere in our church 
papers. 

A copy of by-laws, to aid you in 
forming a local council has been 
printed. Write to Mrs. Homer A. 
Kent, 1420 G. St. Washington, D. C. 
if you would like a copy. But, 
Sisters, you can choose a group of 
officers, — President, Secretary and 
Treasurer and begin carrying out 
our suggested program before you 



November, 1939 



35 



have a constitution in your hands. 
In fact, we recommend that you 
follow by-laws this year and we can 
adopt a constitution at the National 
Brethren Bible Conference at Wino- 
na next August. Do not delay. We 
may discover that your way was 
so splendid, all of us will want to 
follow your example. We are in- 
debted to the East Central (Ohio) 
District for the one we have print- 
ed. 

May we catch the vision of the 
"open door" and go through that 
door to reap a rich and acceptable 
harvest for our Lord and Saviour 
Jesus Christ. 

Washington, D. C. 



INTRODUCING A FEW OF OUR 
NATIONAL OFFICERS 

Mrs. Evaline Andlauer 

Greetings to all the new members 




of the Women's Missionary Council. 
I do appreciate your confidence in 
me and I will try my best to justify 
that confidence in every way I can. 
I am just a "babe" in the work as I 
have only been in the Missionary 
work for about three years. 

I covet your prayers that I might 
grow in grace and in knowledge as 
I go along in the work. 

Dayton, Ohio. 




Mrs. Evaline Andauer 
Secretary 



Mrs. Myra Koontz 
Financial Secretary 

OUR FINANCIAL SECRETARY— 
Mrs. H. W. Koontz 

I am very glad for this oppor- 
tunity to thank the women of the 
new W. M. C. for the avenue of 
service that they have opened for 
me during the coming year. Claim- 
ing Philippians 4: 13 I will pray and 
labor to the best of my ability in 



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the hope that their confidence in 
me is not misplaced. 

Our new venture will be an un- 
limited source of blessing if we give 
ourselves individually to our Lord 
and Master, allowing Him to possess 
us unreservedly; and if we seek His 
will for our Council eve-^y step of 
the way. Th. i, I am persuaded, 
each of us stands leidy to do. 

Roanoke, Va. 

OUR TREASURER— Mrs. Leila Pol- 
man 

Greetings in the name of the 
One we love: — 

We believe we are living in the 




Mrs. Leila Polman 
Treasurer 



"Twilight Days" just before He 
comes; therefore it is necessary to 
do everything we can, in every 



way possible, that the work of the 
Lord should be done most efficient- 

ly. 

Women always have had a defi- 
nite work to do for the Lord. He 
personally gave them messages to 
deliver, deeds to do. 

It is even more important that 
today we band ourselves together 
to carry the message to the lost at 
home, and in foreign lands, to work 
with our hands in service; but not 
to be so busy doing church work, 
that we forget the work of the 
church. 

Let us make the financial part 
of our program a JOY. GIVING 
CHEERFULLY BE OUR MOTTO— 



MARANATHA. 



Fort Wayne, Ind. 



OUR EDITOR— Mrs. A. B. Kidder 

It is with an ever growing sense 
of responsibility that your editor 
faces the task assigned to her. 
Our general topic for the year's de- 
votional program— CHRIST OUR 
SUFFICIENCY— is fast becoming 
the anchor of the soul. 

May I plead for your co-opera- 
tion? First, in prayer for guidance 
in the work, then for promptness 
of response when you are called up- 
on for material; and finally, in 
offering any suggestion which may 
be for the betterment of our printed 
work. Let's all work together for 
His glory. 



The 

Brethren flerdid 





Eartb! Eartb! Sod's 

KlngTsOtiRis 

Uiay! 

"lor unto H0 a tljilh n bom, unto m 
a 0on 10 0ioen: anh tljt 0ot)eimnent 0l)aU 
be upon !)i0 0!)oulkr: anh \)b name 0l)aU 
be talkh Ponfterfnl, OlonnseUor, ®l)e 
UtOljtii ioi), ®l|e (ftiet1a0ttn0 |atl)er, ^t 
JDrince of })eace. ®f tlje tnrrea0e of bi0 
oouernment anh ptatt tljtxt 0l)aU be no 
enii . . . ®t)e ?eal of tlje ^orb of l|O0t0 
toitt perform tl)i0."-|0a. 9:6-7. 

DECEMBER, 1939 



THE 

BRETHREN HERALD 

Ojficial organ of 
THE BRETHREN HOME MISSIONS COUNCIL 



Volume 1. No. 9 

Entered as second-class matter October 25, 1939, at the post office at Berne, Ind., 

under the Act of March 3, 1879. 

R. Paul Miller, editor 

Paul R. Bauman Roy A. Patterson 

associate editors 



WE ARE GLAD TO ANNOUNCE ANOTHER NEW DEPARTMENT 

In this issue you will find a Christian Endeavor Department for our young 
people. This supplies a serious lack during the last few weeks. There is a young 
people's lesson and much other material. We hope to have a lesson for each week 
in our next issue. This department together with the Brethren Student Life Volun- 
teers section is beginning to provide the sort of material that real Christian young 
folks need for their meetings. We hope to improve on these lessons as we go along. 



CONTENTS 

Pages Pages 

Could You Enjoy Your Christmas?.... 3 Young Man! What Will You Do 



The Observer 4 



with Your Life? 16 

Brethren Student Life Volunteers 17 



250,000 Jews Are Looking to You 

for Hope 6 Minutes of the Brethren National 



Settled in Heaven 7 



Bible Conference 19 



The Brethren Women's Missionary 
The Thrill of Jewish Missions 9 Council 21 

Across the Nation with Our Secretary 10 Our Christian Endeavorers 27 

«}ii m— an BO ou^iiu Du nij.^ uu nu mi id uu m oil sn iiu du no an un m no oo uo no oo °' " '"f* 

I The Herald is published monthly at the office of The Berne Witness Co., 
f Berne, Indiana, by the Brethren Home Missions Council, Berne, Indiana. 

I Subscription rate, fifty cents per year. Those who give five dollars or more 

I per year to the work of the Brethren Home Missions Council will receive 

i this magazine regularly. Fifty cents each is deducted from such gifts to 

I defray cost of the magazine. Changes of address should be sent to our office 

I thirty days before they are made to avoid loss of copies. 



December, 1939 



Could You Enjo^ Your 

CHRISTMAS? 

If you knew that there were little shivering bodies down in 
Kentucky, blue with cold, clad in thin summer weight clothes, 
without stockings, without underwear, and with almost no heat 
in the house because a father or mother was unable to buy warm 
winter clothes and plenty of coal — while you and your family 
were comfortable, and warm, and well fed, and you had some 
good warm clothing that you knew you would never use again, 
and through simple neglect had not sent it down to Brother 
Landrum for use in his mission work? Wouldn't it sort of spoil 
your Christmas to be suddenly caused to remember those 
pinched and hungry little fellows with nothing to warm them 
and yet who never are heard to complain? Wouldn't you feel 
rather guilty inside to know that you could have made them 
happy and comfortable, and yet you were too concerned with 
your own affairs to go to the trouble to do what you could to 
ease the hardness of their lot? Couldn't you swallow your 
Christmas dinner a little easier, and sing with more real 
Christmas joy if you had done something about it? Aren't there 
some toys around the house that your little boy or girl will 
never use again? There are little lads and lassies in Kentucky 
whose eyes would dance to see them. Haven't you some little 
coats and underwear that you could just as well send along 
also? And don't forget that mothers and dads down there go 
without a lot of things for themselves also! 

Make up a box of things today and send them to Brother Sewell 
Landrum. 

DO NOT ADDRESS ANYTHING TO "THE BRETHREN MISSION." 
SEND THEM TO BROTHER LANDRUM DIRECTLY. 

If your package or box can be mailed, mail it to Sewell Landrum, 
Lost Creek, Kentucky. 

If you must send it by freight or express, send it to him at Jackson, 
Kentucky. 

Be careful to get these addresses right. There are no clothing bags 
to send. It is better to send cartons. 
P.S. A few quilts, comforts, and blankets for the home of our missionary 

would not come amiss right now. 
PRAY IT OVER! 



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BLESSING No nation has enjoyed such marvelous world-wide expan- 
AND sion as has Great Britain. For hundreds of years she has 

CURSING enjoyed increasing sway among the nations of the earth. 
It is often stated that "The sun never sets on Great Britain's 
territory." For generations this nation has been a real friend of Israel 
and has championed equal rights for all. The manner in which she has 
been able, from the small British Isles to control the high seas of the world 
has been a most remarkable achievement. It could have been done without 
the help and favor of God. As Britain increased in favor to the Jews so 
has she increased her power and glory. God promised this to Abraham. 
"And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee/' 
Genesis 12:3. The God Who spoke those words still lives to perform 
them today. 

IS IT A most significant and sinister trend has been noted among 

A journalists with a world vision, that in writing of Great Brit- 

CURSE? ain's future they are predicting that the Empire is beginning 
its decay. General Walter G. Krivitzky^ former Russian 
General, and attached to the Soviet Intelligence Service for many years, 
in a recent article declared that well informed diplomatic circles were 
expecting Great Britain to fall apart before long. General Krivitzky is 
now in this country and has renounced the Soviet entirely. It has been 
marked that other columnists have been making similar forecasts during 
recent months. The ability of Canada and Australia to stand alone as 
nations; the almost hopeless situation in India and the growing hatred 
of Britain there; the rise of resentment in South Africa, together with the 
fierce enemies she faces in Germany and Russia, make Britain's star 
exceedingly dim for the future. But in spite of all her troubles she was 
miraculously able to stand until a year or so ago. Her betrayal of the 
Jewish people in renouncing her obligation in the Balfour treaty may 
have marked the beginning of Great Britain's fall as an Empire. Un- 
doubtedly, if she had continued the trying and difficult task of protecting 
the Jew's rights in Palestine she would have continued to stand invincible. 
Knotty as that problem was, it would have proven far easier to solve than 
to have to face what she is now facing! However the now famous and 



December, 1939 5 

traitorous "White paper" was but the result of the rise to the top in 
Britain of a group of men "Who knew not Joseph," nor cared about his 
people. During the last few years British leadership has been drawing 
steadily to the position that Palestine was too costly to hold in view of 
world conditions. We believe they will finally discover that it is more 
costly NOT to hold it! The sad course of broken promises this nation has 
followed of recent times, leaving in its wake the charred ruins of the 
nations that believed her promises is on the record. First she would 
flirt with Nazi Germany behind France's back; then she would court the 
favor of godless Russia; after playing with these haters and destroyers of 
the Jews for advantage, she has turned and acted on her own behalf and 
repudiated her solemn obligation to Israel and forsaken them to the fury 
of Satanic hatred among other nations. May this be the signal for the 
curtain to fall upon Great Britain as an Empire? 

"He that toucheth you toucheth the apple of His eye." 
We fear it was a sad day when enlightened Britain dealt unfairly with 
Israel. Beloved, pray for Israel. 

THE The idea that all movements launched among men are 

ABOLISHING good and help to make things better has long been ac- 
OF cepted by many people. Just because someone starts 

MARRIAGE a movement of some kind does not assure us that it is 
fit to live or be supported by the people. Every crack 
brained extremist of every kind and color desires to start a movement 
to get other folks to accept and support his ideas. His first aim is to get 
a name for the scheme that will sound innocent and uplifting. The many 
"youth movements," "peace- leagues," "forums," "Leagues for democracy," 
etc., that the Communists have flooded this country with are a small sample. 
Dr. Mary Daniels gave an address before a middle western conference of 
the National Women's Party some time ago. As her address was reported, 
she said, "Banish the home altogether, and do away with legal marriages 
and both men and women will be freed to pursue their careers. Com- 
munity life is supplanting the home life today. Fathers, mothers, sons 
and daughters all have their own interests, clubs, and societies. The mov- 
ies and automobiles are taking people out of the homes. Why not face 
the facts? The OLD FASHIONED HOME HAS ALMOST VANISHED! 
All women are not natural mothers. The women who are natural mothers 
should be the progenitors of the race and the state should support them 
and their children. A society in which men and women could mate freely 
would be healthy." Naturally one would think that A National Women's 
Party would be expected to be a movement designed for the uplift of 
womanhood, but what a sad ' surprise we get when we listen to their 
opponents! The above remarks sound like the fuhninations of a free love 

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250,000 JEWS 

Are Looking to You 

FOR HOPE ! ! 

By the very evident leading of God, He has given to us the tremendous re- 
sponsibility of making possible the testimony of Christ to the Jewish people of Los 
Angeles, California. 

This challenge is enough to stir every Brethren heart to the core. 

No greater mark of God's favor could have been bestowed upon us. 

Our task begins January first! From then on we are honor bound to provide 
the funds to support that great testimony. 

This must all be done entirely outside and above all that we have been giving 
to support our regular Home Mission work. Last year Brethren Churches gave 
almost enough to Jewish work in various places to care for this work. Now we plan 
to pool our giving and have a real testimony of our own. 

HERE IS THE PLAN 

Each year a Jewish Conference is to be held in each Brethren church by Chris- 
tian Jews who are working with the Am.erican Board of Missions to the Jews. These 
conferences may be arranged for any time the Church desires by writing to the 
office of the Home Missions Council, or to the speakers themselves. 

At each of these conferences an offering will be taken for our Los Angeles 
Jewish Missions. The cash in this offering will be mailed at once to the Home 
Missions Council at Berne, Indiana, from where it will be forwarded to this Jewish 
work. All pledges made at these conferences are also to be mailed to our office for 
forwarding on to the work. A full list of those who give with their correct names 
and addresses must also be sent in so that they may receive the Jewish Magazine, 
"The Chosen People." 

Now then, do it! 

Send for a conference date at once! Remember this work daily in your prayers. 

"Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper that love thee." Psalm 122:6. 




Bible Class in Los Angeles Jewish Mission 



December, 1939 



SETTLED 



IN HEAVEN 



A Word from Joseph Hoffman Colin, General Secretary, 
American Board of Missions lo the Jews 



Things do not just happen; for 
every effect there is a cause, and 
back of every sequence there is a 
precedence. It was inevitable there- 
fore that the Brethren Churches 
should eventually 
come to the epoch 
making decision 
that they shall un- 
dertake to the full 
measure of the abil- 
ity which God has 
given them, to place 
the Jew upon their 
missionary budgets 
and on their hearts 
for faithful and per- 
sistent intercession 
before the Throne 
of Grace. 

Because, the 
Brethren Churches 
are allergic to mod- 
ernism in any form 
whatsoever. To them as well as to 
us who are Israelites in the flesh as 
well as in the blood, there is poten- 
cy and validity in the precious word 
which says, "For ever O Lord Thy 
word is settled in Heaven." Psalm 
119:89. And so a church believes 
that God meant just what He said 




m His revealed word, had her eyes 
opened by God Himself to a long 
neglected truth, that those who gen- 
uinely own the name of the Lord 
Jesus Christ, are debtors to give the 
Gospel, "To the Jew 
first and also to the 
Greek." 

And now the 
Brethren Church 
has come to us and 
has said, "We want 
to fellowship with 
you in paying our 
debt to Israel. Those 
who have already 
tried it during these 
past few years have 
experienced such 
marvelous outpour- 
ings of the Lord's 
rich blessings, and 
we have seen so 
many evidences of 
His approval of what we have done, 
that we dare not retreat; on the 
contrary, we must go forward and 
we must possess new ground." 

And to us, who at best are but un- 
profitable servants in the Lord's 
vineyard, seeking to save some of 
the lost sheep of the House of Israel, 



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THE EARLY RETURNS 

The first word of the way an election goes is always 
eagerly sought simply from mere curiosity. But the early 
returns we are thinking about are not that kind. We are 
concerned about the first returns from the offerings for 
Home Missions at Thanksgiving time. As to how these re- 
turns come in depends whether we shall be able to send out 
the allowances to our Mission pastors for December. Upon 
these returns depends the measure of brightness in many a 
Mission Pastor's home at Christmas. 

Pastor, church treasurer, send in what you have in the 
way of cash for the Thanksgiving Offering at once. DON'T 
WAIT FOR ALL THE PLEDGES TO COME IN BEFORE 
SENDING ANYTHING. Send at once! 



this fellowship and help has come 
as a clear token of the Lord's good 
hand upon us, for it is as though He 
were saying to us in unmistakable 
voice, "Go Forward!" 

And what a time this is in which 
to go forward with God in behalf of 
His people, Israel! In America 
alone there are now 4,500,000 Jews, 
or about three percent of our entire 
population. Think of the sleeping 
giant that God has here in front oi 
our very eyes, a giant which is once 
stirred and awakened by the Gospel 
message, could shake America to its 
foundation. How many Pauls, 
think you, are tucked away in the 
folds and recesses of such a popula- 
tion? The Word tells us that the 
Gospel is the power (literally dyna- 
mite) of God unto salvation to 
everyone that believeth . . . to the 
Jew -first! Think of what God's dy- 
namite could accomplish if allowed 
to blast through the rocks of Jewish 
tradition and Jewish Orthodoxy. 



And then look across the water, 
and behold a Nation in the tragic 
throes of such despair as Israel has 
not known since the days of the 
Pharaohs. No sadder chapter of his- 
tory has ever been written than that 
which is now taking place in the 
lands of Poland, Russia, Germany, 
and Romania. Even the much- 
counted-on Zionist movement in 
Palestine has received a body blow, 
and Israel is reeling and staggering 
in confusion and in bewilderment. 

For such a time as this God has 
called his true followers to under- 
take a ministry in behalf of a peo- 
ple scattered and peeled, but still 
beloved of Him; and to such ones 
who respond to that call there is a 
heart-warming benediction prom- 
ised by God Himself. It is found in 
Isaiah 52:7, and reads: 

"How beautiful upon the mountains 
are the feet of him that bringeth good 
tidings, that publisheth peace; that 
bringeth good tidings of good, that pub- 
lisheth salvation; that said unto Zion; 
Thy God reigneth!" 



December, 1939 



The Thrill of Jewish Missions 

Elias Zimvierman, In Charge of Our Jeivish Mission, Los Angeles, Calif. 



Word recently reached us of the 
action taken by your Home Missions 
Council in taking over our Los An- 
geles Branch of the American Board 
of Missions to the Jews as your own 
peculiar testimony to Israel. How 
our hearts rejoiced and our souls 
were uplifted in thanksgiving and 
praise unto our Lord and Savior for 
this manifestation of your deep in- 
terest in the salvation of the lost 
sheep of the house of Israel in gen- 
eral and our own missionary work 
in particular. We cannot help but 
believe that your Home Missions 
Council was led and guided by the 
Holy Spirit in this momentous de- 
cision. And now that you have 
adopted us as your own, our earnest 
hope and prayer is that our new re- 
lationship may be richly and abun- 
dantly blessed of the Lord. 

One of the most frequently men- 
tioned objections to Jewish mission- 
ary work is that it is perhaps the 
most difficult of any missionary 
work among any people. There is 
no doubt some truth to that. How- 
ever, such has not always been the 
case. We are told in the New Testa- 
ment that the Jews of that day 
gladly listened to Christ and fol- 
lowed Him in great throngs. His 
early disciples were all Jews. The 
Apostles were all of the stock of 
Abraham. The 3000 and later 5000 
that were added to the Church were 
all Jews. The apostle Paul, al- 
though called the apostle of the 
Gentiles, first contacted the Jews 



and often preached to great multi- 
tudes of Jews in their synagogues, 
and we are told that many of them 
beheved. Acts 17: 10-12. So if work 
among the Jews is now hard and 
discouraging, it is because it has 
been made difficult. The Gospel is 
still the good tidings of salvation, 




and "the power of God unto every- 
one that believeth, to the Jew first 
and also to the Greek." Christ still 
is the most fascinating character in 
all human history, and the Holy 
Spirit still works and pleads with 
the human heart whether it be a 
Gentile or a Jewish heart. Evident- 
ly something went wrong. The 
Gospel is the same, Christ is the 
same, and the need for forgiveness 
of sin and redemption from the 
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JCROSS 

"Uhe / 

RATION i 

with our Secretary 




WASHINGTON 
D. C. 



The week after 
National Confer- 
ence closed we 
went to Washington, D. C. for an 
evangelistic campaign. The Lay- 
men's Evangelistic League of that 
City is composed of a group of the 
finest Christian laymen in that sec- 
tion. They have bought a tent and 
have begun a program of Evangel- 
ism which reaches every section of 
Washington. Thej^ use the tent in 
the summer and they meet in va- 
rious churches in the city during the 
winter time. They have been ob- 
taining a very high grade of Bible 
Teachers and evangelists. There is 
no doubt but what this group of 
rnen is being used of God to spread 
the Gospel. We could wish that 
every Brethren Church had a group 
of laymen with a passion for reach- 
ing lost men such as is found among 
these men. Our Southern California 
Men's Brotherhood purchased a tent 
last summer with the purpose of 
carrying on just such a work as this 
in Southern California. May God 
grant a great awakening to sweep 
ever our Brotherhood and stir up 
the laymen to go forth everywhere 
preaching the Gospel. 



WOOSTER, On our return trip 

OHIO from Washington, D. 

C, we had arranged 
to stop at Wooster, Ohio, and meet 
with some of our laymen of the new 
group now forming a Brethren 
Church in that City. We looked 
over some prospective sites for the 
location of a new church building 
there. After a splendid supper with 
Brother and Sister Paul Arnold, we 
returned to Wooster to meet with 
the entire group of prospective 
charter members in Weitzel's Hall. 
That night we assisted in organiz- 
ing them into the First Brethren 
Church of Wooster, Ohio. A splend- 
id spirit of enthusiasm was present 
among the group that night and this 
spirit has continued to increase since 
that time. At that first meeting of- 
ficers of the church were elected 
an.d also a Sunday School Superin- 
tendent who began at once to select 
teachers for a Sunday School. Liter- 
ature was ordered at once and plans 
v/ere arranged to hold Sunday 
School and Church services begin- 
ning with the following Sunday. 
Dr. J. C. Beal was their first speaker. 
Within the first two weeks, more 
than fifty Brethren had been con- 



Decemher, 1939 



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tacted and attended these services. 
Since then the interest has been 
running high. 

Brother John Squires has been 
called as Pastor of this new group 
and will begin just as soon as it is 
possible for him to relinquish his 
present work at Sterling, Ohio. We 
believe that the new group at Woos- 
ter is worthy of a good leader and 
that they have used excellent judg- 
ment in selecting their first pastor. 
The Church at Sterling is thus mak- 
ing a very fine contribution and 
sacrifice to the great cause of spread- 
ing the Gospel by thus yielding the 
pastor- whom they have greatly 
loved to take up this new and needy 
field. 

There has never been a work of 
the Brethren Church in the City of 
Wooster, and this is a fine field in 
which to enter now and plant the 
whole Gospel. We believe that there 
will be provided a permanent and 
commodious place of meeting with- 
a couple of weeks. As soon as this 
need is provided there will undoubt- 
edly mark the beginning of real 
progress in this new work. There 
will be more about this new field, 
in our next issue. In the meantime, 
let those who pray be faithful in 
remembering this work. 

WATERLOO, After a few days 
IOWA in the office in 

Berne in the effort 
to expedite the preparation of our 
Thanksgiving Offering appeal to the 
Brotherhood, we started westward. 
There is a group of Brethren num- 
bering about fifty who have, because 
of conditions that have arisen as a 



result of the National Situation felt 
led to leave the former Brethren 
Church and start a new work where 
they could enjoy a measure of har- 
mony. Among these people are found 
some of the cream of God's own 
flock. Instead of striving for any 
rights where they were, they are 
simply going forth into an entirely 
new field and there seeking to 
spread the Gospel and win the lost 
and thus establish a new Brethren 
Church. This is certainly a most 
excellent example of the Spirit of 
Christ. We found that they had 
selected a church site, within a 
stone's throw of a beautiful new 
High School building, which has al- 
ready been proven too small for 
the community. One of their num- 
ber, Brother Cleve G. Miller, who 
also happens to be a Director on the 
Board for the Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council, is a contractor and 
builder as well as capable designer. 
He has designed a beautiful taber- 
nacle type of church building and 
is proceeding at once to erect it. 
We saw the first sketch of his plans 
and they are truly a model of beauty 
and economy. We feel that such 
plans are much wiser than the sink- 
ing of great thousands of dollars in 
a heap of stone or brick, forming a 
debt to hang as a mill stone around 
the necks of the congregation for 
years to come and thus frustrating 
much missionary endeavor. We un- 
derstand that excavation was begun 
on October 20th. This group of 
people are not the kind to sit around 
dreaming. They roll up their 
sleeves and go to work for Christ 



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at once. So far they have financed 
all their work. 

In this new community there have 
been more than two hundred and 
fifty houses built. They are of the 
middle class and provide an excel- 
lent field for the Gospel. When we 
drove through that section, we saw 
hundreds of children on every side. 
This appears to be a most excellent 
opportunity that the Lord has given 
to the Brethren Church. Do not 
fail to remember this field and this 
earnest people in prayer. We ought 
to mention the fact that this group 
was organized into a Brethren 
Church the night we were with 
them. 

PORTIS, We left Waterloo and 
KANSAS proceeded directly to 
AGAIN. Portis, Kansas. This 
was our second meet- 
ing with these people within thir- 
teen months. Within this congrega- 
tion are found some wonderful peo- 
ple whose hearts the Lord hath 
touched. Away out on the Kansas 
prairie, yet their love and devotion 
for Christ runs high and beautiful. 
This second meeting revealed a fine 
spirit among the people. On the 
first night the house was practically 
full. The attendance was most ex- 
cellent throughout the entire series 
of services. Many decisions were 
made and God was glorified. 

It was a real pleasure to fellow- 
ship once more with Brother and 
Sister George Cone. This faithful 
and courageous pastor has done a 
anost excellent work in carrying 
this congregation through a most 
trying period of our denominational 



history. It was indeed a pleasure 
to enjoy the hospitality of their 
home and the blessings of family 
altar when the boys are gathered 
with Dad and Mother, to begin each 
with God. We were sad to learn 




Brother and Sister F.. H. Wolf 

that it had become necessary for 
Mrs. Cone to enter the hospital for 
an operation, the week after the 
meetings closed. However, we have 
been glad to learn since that the 
Lord has been gracious and that 
she is recovering niceh^ We give 
our God all the Glor}'. 

The Brethren Church has a real 
field to reach not only in Portis, 
but also through the West. The 
blight of Modernism has already 
fallen upon many of the too few 
churches already in that section. 
There is a real hunger for the whole 
Gospel. It is a pity that the Breth- 
ren Church has so few churches in 



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this great section. Thirty years ago 
the Brethren Church had a wonder- 
ful start in Kansas and Missouri 
but due to lack of care from the 
Brotherhood they were allowed to 
die. Now any progress presents a 
task much more difficult than then. 
About a score of churches that once 
had a fine start have now passed 
from existence. Only a remnant of 
these now remain. However, our 
people are getting a new vision to- 
day and we may recover more than 
we lost. May God bless this people 
who are keeping a faithful testi- 
mony to Christ in that Country, 

KEN'S NEW Taking our way east 
HOME. again we made a 

stop at Conemaugh, 
Pennsylvania to see Brother Wil- 
liam Schaffer, Jr., treasurer of the 
Brethren Home Missions Council. 
We had been delayed in Wooster, 
Ohio on this trip and did not arrive 
until about 8:00 o'clock. We found 
Brother Schaffer at home alone tak- 
ing care of the new baby. His wife 
had stepped out for a few minutes 
so it was up to Bill to get some sup- 
per together for a tired traveler. 
He certainly did a fine job of it 
and proved himself to be a real cook. 
We never ate a more tender steak 
anywhere. Kenneth Ashman came 
down from Mundy's Corner and we 
went over the work of the B. S. L. V. 
with him. Ord Gehman also ar- 
rived from Vinco. Altogether we 
had quite a little gathering that 
night. Next morning we started for 
Allentown where our next meeting 
was to be held. We stopped in at 
Mundy's Corner to see the new par- 



sonage that the congregation is 
building for their pastor. We found 
the house pretty well along toward 
completion and Brother Ken Ash- 
man on one end of a shovel down 
in a ditch giving a good account of 
himself. He showed us all around 
and declared that he expected his 
bride to join him. there and move in 
to the completed house about Christ- 
mas time. He assured me that he 
would see I was well cared for in 
the parsonage when we hold our 
meeting there in the Spring. After 
about thirty minutes here we 
pressed on to Altoona. We stopped 
there at Juniata, a suburb of Al- 
toona, to see what progress had been 
made on the completion of their 
basement. We found the pastor and 
a recent convert, who happens to 
be a brick mason putting the finish- 
ing touches on the basement. It 
looks mighty nice already. Brother 
and Sister Pine insisted that we re- 
inain for an early dinner. This we 
did. After saying "hello" to Broth- 
er Roy Glass and Brother John 
Brumbaugh, Sunday School super- 
intendent, we struck out for Allen- 
town in real earnest, having barely 
time enough to get there before the 
service. 

ALLENTOWN It was almost 

TWENTY twenty years 

YEARS LATER. ago that we 
held our first 
meeting in Allentown. Many faces 
were missing from the congregation 
that were prominent in the work 
then. A tremendous change had 
been brought about in the building. 
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most beautiful Brethren Churches 
inside that we have anywhere. Wil- 
liam H. Schaffer, Sr., father of our 
pastor at Conemaugh, Pennsylvania, 
has made a great contribution to the 
beauty of the interior of the church 
by installing much of the panel 
work around the rostrum. He is 
an excellent cabinet maker and does 
almost flawless work. 

Perhaps the most outstanding 
feature that we recall of these meet- 
ings in Allentown was the apparent 
inability to get local people to at- 
tend a revival. That city has been 
under the wide spread control of 
catechetical churches for genera- 
tions and this has brought about 
an attitude of satisfaction with mere 
church membership. Regardless of 
how worldly a person may be, he 
seems to feel secure in the fact that 
he was christened when a baby. 
All of this will draw cultivated 
hearers from long distances but the 
interest of evangelism seems very 
low. This is perhaps the major 
problem facing the advance of the 
Allentown Brethren Church today. 

This was our first meeting with 
Brother Frank G. Coleman, Jr. It 
was surely a pleasure to work with 
him and to observe the unusual suc- 
cess that has attended his ministry 
in this community. Today the Al- 
lentown Brethren Church is the 
outstanding Fundamentalist Church 
in that city. His radio ministry and 
Bible teaching have brought him 
wide spread esteem. Under his able 
leadership the Allentown Church 
should go on from victory to victory. 
It was indeed a pleasure to enjoy 



the home of Brother and Sister Cole- 
man while I was in that city. A 
more pleasant home could not very 
well have been offered me. I shall 
not soon forget the pleasant days 
spent there nor the fine hospitality 
extended by the many members of 
the congregation. 

Perhaps the brightest spot in this 
campaign was the Sunday morning 
service on the last day. A large 
number stepped forward at the in- 
vitation to be saved and to re-ded- 
icate themselves in Christ. Among 
them came Brother Carroll Parks, 
the Sunday School Superintendent. 
The burden of preaching the Gos- 
pel has been upon him for some 
time. He has been an unusual aid 
to the pastor in his work and very 
efficient in his Sunday School lead- 
ership. It appears that even in his 
college work he was led to to major 
in Greek. He could hardly have 
taken better preparation for a grad- 
uate Seminary if he had purposed 
to do so. From all present indica- 
tions he will enter Grace Seminary 
next fall. With the many new fields 
coming to us, it appears that here 
and there God is raising up men to 
take care of the fields. Several other 
laymen are beginning to appear in 
various parts of our brotherhood 
and we believe that God will have 
enough men on hand to take care of 
every point He sends us. 

WEDDING BELLS. On Saturday, 
November 4th 
we drove down to Philadelphia to 
attend the wedding of Norman Up- 
house and Miriam McKeefery. 
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know, has been pastor at Winchester, 
Virginia, for the past two years. 
He has been enjoying a remarkable 
ministry of progress and growth. 
His evangehstic spirit and success 
in administration have marked his 
work until now. Miss McKeefery 




Uphouse Wedding Party 

has been a life long member of our 
First Philadelphia Church. She is 
splendidly accomplished to fill the 
place of a pastor's wife in every 
way. We believe that she will be 
a great help to him in his ministry. 
They were married in the Phila- 
delphia Church with a most beauti- 
ful and fitting ceremony. There was 
a large crowd of friends and rela- 
tives present. It was followed bj^ 
a large reception. After a short 
honeymoon they returned to Win- 
chester, Virginia, and to a life of 
increased service for our Lord. We 
all wish them every blessing in 
Christ Jesus. 
While in Philadelphia we made it 



a point to have a consultation with 
Brother E. H. Wolf, director of the 
Council. Sister Wolf graciously in- 
vited us to lunch. We got a snap- 
shot of them as we left as you may 
see. 

IIAGERSTOWN, After closing 
MARYLAND. the Allentown 

meeting we 
drove to Hagerstown, Maryland, 
where we have a group of about 
sixty-five Brethren who have been 
meeting in a bungalow which had 
been fitted up for religious services. 
We found here a very good spirit 
among the people. This group has 
already become known for their 
stand for the Fundamentals and 
many who have grown weary of 
Modernism in their churches have 
been gathering with these people 
to worship. There seems to be a 
real field for a church that teaches 
the whole Gospel in this community. 
They plan to apply to the Council 
for help and we trust that before 
long a real work may be established 
in this city. Leaving Hagerstown 
we drove to Dayton, Ohio, to confer 
with Roy Patterson, President of 
the Home Missions Council. Brother 
Russell Barnard dropped in during 
the evening and we had a very good 
profitable time together. The next 
morning we returned to Berne. 

ANOTHER NEW We have been 
BRETHREN urged for several 

CHURCH? weeks to make a 

trip to River 
Park, a suburb of South Bend, In- 
diana. On Sunday, November 12th, 
we took occasion to drive up there 
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I YOUNG MAN I | 

I What Will You Do With I 

% YOUR LIFE? I 

♦!♦ ♦^ 

♦>• Great men have gone before you. ^ 

^ They have risked everything on Jesus Christ — and won! ^ 

^ You enjoy today the fruits of the testimony they bore. ♦♦♦ 

♦f When the record is read in Glory— WHAT WILL IT SAY ♦> 

Y ABOUT YOU? Y 

i What will it say that vou did for Jesus Christ? t 

^^ How many others will have followed you to Heaven? X 

X ALL OF YOUR LIFE IS STILL BEFORE YOU! X 

♦> Its possibilities, its talents, its opportunities, its devotions, ^ 

are still in your hand to do with them as you will. ♦^^ 
You may spend them on the whims of a passing world if 

you choose, or ^ 



Y YOU may spena mem on ine wnims oi a passing wunu ii ♦^ 

Y you choose, or V 
V' You may lay them in the hand of Christ to seek to save ^ 
"f that world! ^ 

Y THE BRETHREN HOME MISSIONS COUNCIL NEEDS V 



f MORE MEN FOR ITS SWIFTLY INCREASING MIS- y 

Y SION POINTS. Y 

♦> ♦♦♦ 

^♦^ — Men who are trained — men who are not lazy — men who I 

X are on fire for God — men who cannot rest for think- ^ 

^^ ing of men dying without hope — men who are ready ^ 

^ to burn up for God — men whose first thought is not J^ 

^ about the vacations they may get, but about the souls ^ 

♦> they can save — men, real men. X 

•^^ A T*ool i^V/iin r»V»i::»i-» r\-f +V»/-^ rV/^o■^-^^^ to -r^rstTrw* r\^^■i■ /^-p o -i r% V* • l-» ri .j^fc. 



Y — A real preacher of the gospel is never out of a job: he ^ 

^ has more jobs than he can fill. If God can use a man ^ 

^ he will always be busy. If a preacher is idle it may ♦!♦ 

^ be that God never called him in the first place, or ♦^ 

Y there may be something wrong in his life's devotion. ♦^ 

^ There are plenty to take care of the world's work, but few who y 

t care if a man goes to Hell or not! T 

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Brethren Student Life 

VOLUNTEERS 



Kenneth Ashman, Superintendent 



WE ARE GROWING! There is 
now a total membership of 152 in 
the B.S.L.V. This figure does not 
include those names presented at 
Bethany Camp or at the various lo- 
cal rallies recently conducted. 
Praise the Lord for 
this marvelous mani- 
festation of His ap- 
proval upon our 
work. Without Him 
we can do nothing. 

WE NEED HELP! 
Many clerical duties 
are taking up the 
time of the National 
Superintendent. As 
a result, we are get- 
ting a little behind in 
correspondence with 
you members of the 
B.S.L.V. Could you 
help out a Httle? If 
you are willing to re- 
lieve the situation, 
drop us a card at 
once. We need typists especially. 

WE WILL HELP! Having re- 
ceived numerous requests to aid 
worthy students through the diffi- 
cult years of college and seminary 
training, we presented the same to 
the Home Missions Council. Here 
is their plan. A "Student Aid Fund" 
will be established in the very near 



CHRISTMAS HYMN 

As with gladness men of old 
Did the guiding star behold, 
As with joy they hailed its light, 
Leading onward, beaming bright, 
So, most gracious God, may we 
Ever more be led by Thee. 

As with joyful steps they sped 
To that lowly manger bed, 
There to bend the knee before 
Him whom heaven and earth 

adore. 
So may we with willing feet 
Ever seek the Mercy-seat. 

As they offered gifts most rare 
At that manger rude and bare. 
So may we with holy joy. 
Pure and free from sin's alloy, 
All our costliest treasures bring, 
Christ, to Thee, our Heavenly 
King. 



future. Naturally, we will not be 
in position to aid any students this 
year. However, with your Spirit- 
led giving, we hope to be in position 
to help quite a number in 1940. Are 
you settled in a position the Lord 
has given and told 
you to hold? Fine! 
Work for souls in 
your home commu- 
nity, prosper the 
"Student Aid Fund" 
in order that others 
who are called may 
prepare for Africa, 
for South America, 
for needy America. 
Watch for complete 
details of this new 
plan. They will come 
to you through the 
mail soon. 

V/E HAVE HELP- 
ERS. The Home Mis- 
sions Council has ap- 
pointed us three 
helpers. These three constitute a 
committee to work with and to ad- 
vise the National Superintendent. 
We thank the Council and the Lord 
for these three. Want to meet them? 
Rev. R. Paul Bauman, West coast 
helper. Rev. Orville Lorenz, East 
coast helper. Brother Ralph Ram- 
bo, Central states helper. You will 



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be hearing more from these fine 
Brethren soon. 

WE WILL SEE YOU! The Jan- 
uary issue of the Herald will bring 
you a complete schedule of the 
B.S.L.V. Rallies to be held in va- 
rious districts and local churches. 
Urge your own Pastor to cooperate 
when the invitation comes for your 
district or church. The three help- 
ers given us by the Council will con- 
duct many of these rallies. Their 
purpose — to draw you closer to the 
Lord, to win the lost to Him, and to 
strengthen our bond of fellowship 
together. Be sure to attend the 
meeting nearest to you. 

WE PRAISE GOD! Recently a 
Brother in the Brethren Church felt 
the call of the Spirit to become a 
minister. He was then engaged in 
a profitable business. The Lord 
wanted him and he answered the 
call. He is now at the Grace Theo- 
logical Seminary, Winona Lake, 
Ind., preparing for whatever min- 
istry the Lord has for him to do. 
Your next "Personalized Letter" 
will be from the pen of this Brother. 
Be sure to read the message of Ralph 
Rambo. It comes to you this month. 
We praise God for Ralph. 

What a blessed time we had at 
Listie, Penna. Rev. Nowag has a 
fine group of young people, most of 
them members of the B.S.L.V. A 
simple Gospel challenge to be "Out- 
and-Out Christians" brought 37 out 
of 50 to their feet in a decision for 
Him. How we praise God for these 
who are willing to say "Not my will 
but thine be done." Have you said 
it yet? 

Yes, Philadelphia is still active. 



The young people o£ the First 
Church under the leadership of 
Brother Kimmel, have resumed 
again their Sunday night prayer ser- 
vices. Recently we presented unto 
them the "Student Aid Fund" plan. 
They were all heartily in favor of it. 
They are anxious to be the first con- 
tributors. We praise the Lord for 
these of His in old Independence 
Town. 

WE MARVEL TOO! Last Sum- 
mer a young man, a student at 
Grace Seminary, conducted a series 
of vesper services at an Eastern 
Sunday School Camp. Many made 
decisions for Christ under his lead- 
ership and persuasion. One of these 
was a young lady of Cleveland, 
Ohio. She was visiting with rela- 
tives in the East and attended the 
Summer Camp. She returned to 
Cleveland in the Fall. Her parents 
were not Christians. Her friends of 
previous times were ungodly young 
people. Her besetting sin was at- 
tendance at the motion pictures. 
She promised the Lord she wouldn't 
attend them any more. SHE HAS 
KEPT HER PROMISE. She has 
been bribed, begged, tempted, threat- 
ened. She will not go. Ridiculed, 
scorned, left-out — she still stands 
true to her Lord. We praise God for 
such a courage and faith in Him. If 
it hadn't been for a camp under the 
leadership of consecrated Chris- 
tians, if it hadn't been for the mes- 
sages from a Spirit-filled student, if 
it hadn't been for the comradeship 
of other Christian young people, 
Dorothy would be going to the 
shows and learning the filth they 
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Minutes of the Itrethree National 

Bil»le Conference^ August 29tli - 

Septenilier ^nd^ 1939 



Tuesday Evening, August 29 

There gathered in the Eel River 
Christian Temple at Winona Lake, 
Ind., on the above date 626 sympa- 
thetic and enthusiastic Brethren for 
the purpose of chartering a possible 
course and program for future fel- 
lowship and mutual cooperation as 
true Brethren. A. V. Kimmell pre- 
sided, who was unanimously se- 
lected as chairman. Likewise J. L. 
Gingrich was asked to be the sec- 
retary. Leo Burkett was asked to 
be the treasurer. After brief invo- 
cation, it was thought best to receive 
an offering for immediate needs, 
which amounted to $76.34. A mo- 
tion prevailed that a program com- 
mittee be appointed comprised of 
one person from each District. 

Roy Patterson, Frank Coleman, 
Jr., and A. J. McClain were appoint- 
ed to prepare a resolution and pre- 
sent the same to the National Con- 
ference our protest relative to that 
Conference refusing to seat 89 or 
more delegates as submitted by the 
Credential Committee this morning 
—August 29. W. A. Ogden was the 
one officially named as the person 
to protest Conference business ses- 
sions each day. It was pointed out 
that he and Ernest Pine were the 
only ones who could be recognized 
by the Moderator— M. A. Stuckey. 
It was also agreed that a formal 
statement be filed with the Confer- 
ence secretary at each business ses- 



sion because of Conference being 
irregularly organized. Benediction 
was offered by R. D. Barnard and 
the first meeting of the new assem- 
bly adjourned to meet tomorrow 
night at 7:00 Winona Time. 

Wednesday Evening, August 30 

Meeting of the National Brethren 
Bible Conference convened with 
singing spirited songs and choruses. 
Invocation was asked by John 
Squires. C. H. Ashman reported 
for the program committee. A mo- 
tion prevailed that we adopt the 
title "National Brethren Bible Con- 
ference." Grace Seminary Chorus 
favored the assembly with singing 
"Fierce Were the Billows Wild." 
L. S. Bauman had the honor of 
delivering the first Bible lecture 
upon the theme, "Have I Really 
Been Born Again?" Benediction 
was pronounced by A. J. McClain. 
Friday Evening, September 1 

The customary song service an- 
nounced the meeting of the National 
Brethren Bible Conference. God's 
guidance was implored by Alton 
Witter. Special instrumental music 
was rendered by Robert Scott. The 
secretary of the Program Committee 
reported that he was in possession 
of a signed contract for next year's 
Conference to be held at Winona 
Lake, Ind., for the week of August 
26-September 1. Conference of- 
ficially approved said action. 

A. J. McClain presented the Bible 



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lecture, "The Disciples Prayer, 
Sometimes Called the Lord's 
Prayer." Motion prevailed that we 
conduct our own Sunday services at 
the following hours; 9:30-10:45 and 
2:30-3:30 Winona Time. Conference 
unanimously elected the following 
officers for the permanent organiza- 
tion: President, A. V. Kimmell; 
Vice President, A. L. Lynn; Secre- 
tarj^, J. L. Gingrich; Treasurer, Leo 
Burkett. Conference endorsed the 
following resolution, "That if and 
when any local Congregation should 
be thrown into litigation as to the 
control of the local property that 
every church should urge her peo- 
ple to rally to said local Congrega- 
tion with financial support."' 

Conference appointed the follow- 
ing persons to constitute the Com- 
mittee on Committees; Roy Patter- 
son, Frank Coleman Jr., Chas. Mays. 

The following committees were 
approved as the committees for the 
ensuing year. A Committee of three 
on Church Property; Committee of 
three on PubHcation; Committee of 
three to formulate plans for future 
work of our fellowship. A commit- 
tee was to be appointed to publish 
the history of this illegally organ- 
ized Conference and authorize them 
to see that the story is told to the 
churches including the minutes of 
the National Brethren Bible Con- 
ference. It was further agreed that 
a committee be appointed to draft 
a carefully worded resolution to 
define our relations with the Nation- 
al Brethren Conference of the 
Brethren Churches. Motion was 
passed that we allow A. O. Pettitt 



$10.00 for his stenographical ser- 
vice during conference. Upon mo- 
tion tb adjourn, Grant McDonal 
pronounced the benediction. 

Saturday Evening, Sept. 2 

A spirited song service summoned 
the delegates to the meeting of the 
National Brethren Bible Conference 
business session. Earl Studebaker 
read Philip. 2:1-11 and offered the 
prayer. The Male chorus favored 
conference singing, "Hallelujah, 
Christ Is Risen." Minutes of the 
previous business sessions were read 
and approved. 

Motion prevailed that the pro- 
gram committee be authorized to 
serve throughout the year. The 
Committee on Committees read the 
following report, — 
Committee on Church Property: 

Foye Miller, Roy Patterson, E. 

B. Neiswonger. 
Committee on Publication: 

Herman B.ojt, Leo Polman, R. E. 

Donaldson. 
Committee on Future Plans for the 
Work: 

A. V. Kimmell, A. J. McClain, R. 

D. Barnard, H. W. Koontz, L. L. 

Grubb. C. H. Ashman, President 

of the Women's Brethren Council. 
Committee on Publishing the His- 
tory of the Conference: 

L. S. Bauman, W. A. Ogden, Geo. 

Cone. 
Committee on Resolutions Defining 
Our Relations to the National 
Conference: 

A. J. McClain, L. S. Bauman, Co- 

nard Sandy. 
Committee on Information: 
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December, 1939 21 

The Brethren Women's 

Missionary Council 

President — Mrs. Homer A. Kent — Washington, D. C. 
Editor— Mrs. A. B. Kidder, 211 Girard Ave., S. E.. Canton, Ohio. 

* I * * I * ' I * * I * * I * * I * * I * * I * * ! ' * I * * I * ' I * * I * ' I * * I * ^ *!' * I * * ! * ^ * ^ I ** ! * * I * * I * * I * * I ** I * * I * * I * * I * * I * * ! * * I * ^ I * * ! * " I * ^ ^ ^* ^ ^ ^ * I * * I ' * I * * I * * I * * I * * I * * I * ' I * " I * * I * * Z * * I * * I * * I * * I * * I * * I * * I * 

OBJECTIVES SUGGESTED FOR THE YEAR 1939-1940 

1. Regular monthly de\/x)tional meetings. 

2. Missionary prayer circle. 

3. Bible Reading— entire New Testament, or a chapter a day of your own 
selection. 

4. Missionary project — Support of Bouca Station, with dime calendars 
turned in not later than February 25. 

5. Special offering lifted in January and July (for Administrative purposes). 

6. Thank Offering received at National Conference for Home Missions 
Council 

7. Public service held and offering lifted for Grace Seminary not later 
than May 1. 

8. Mission Study Class using "Biographies of Brethren Missionaries" — 
Study H. 



General Devotional Topic: CHRIST OUR SUFFICIENCY 

DEVOTIONAL PROGRAM FOR DECEMBER 

Opening Hymn 

Scripture Reading — John 17:1-26 

Season of Prayer (in charge of Prayer Circle Secy.) 

Topic: CHRIST IS PRAYER'S INSPIRATION 

Hymn 

Topic: CHRIST IS PRAYER'S ENABLEMENT 

Special Number 

Topic: CHRIST IS PRAYER'S FRUITION 

Business Session * 

Closing Prayer. 



IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Our first 1000 membership cards have been exhausted in answer to 
requests sent in. More are now ready. All requests for these should 
be sent to our President: Mrs. Homer A. Kent, 1420 G St., S. E. Washing- 
ton, D. C. 



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S DIME COLLECTORS ARE NOW AVAILABLE | 

.o. p. 

I The Literature Sec'y, Mrs. Lilly Monroe, 1234 E. 60th St., Los I 

H Angeles, California, can supply any number you desire. The cost ;♦; 

M will be $1.35 per hundred. »: 

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Definite announcement will be made concerning the dime calendars 
in the next issue. 

We haven't been able to provide printed programs, because we are 
not able to determine the number needed, and so much of the year will 
have elapsed before they could be distributed. We suggest original ones 
be prepared by some clever sister in each local Council. The general 
theme "CHRIST OUR SUFFICIENCY" is the same for the year. The 
Devotional Program carries the sub-topics. 

Send all offerings to Mrs. Herman L. Koontz, 105 Otterview Ave., 
Ghent, Roanoke, Va. 

As your work gets under way, send an encouraging note to our Editor, 
Mrs. A. B. Kidder, 211 Girard Ave., S. E., Canton, Ohio. Your enthusiasm 
will help others. 

REPORTS OF RALLIES 
PENNSYLVANIA BRETHREN WOMEN'S MISSIONARY COUNCIL 

The Rally was held at Philadelphia First Church October 4th and 5th. 
The District Council had the privilege of the National Council. She con- 
ducted a discussion of the future work of the Council. Mrs. Kent ex- 
plained to the women the reasons for the recent division and why a new 
work has been formed. She stated the two main reasons as being, (1) the 
crisis within the church, (2) that many wo-men may be reached who at 
present have no part in the missionary work of our church. Mrs. Kent 
pointed out that there would be no dues in our organizations, but each 
woman would become a member of her own local Council by signing a 
membership card. Finances will be entirely cared for by free-will offer- 
ings. Our women were presented with a temporary set of By-Laws for 
the first year, since we have no set Constitution as yet. 

Officers elected were: President, Mrs. R. D. Crees, Waynesboro; Vice- 
President, Mrs. Stanley Hauser, Martinsburg; Secretary, Mrs. Ernest Pine, 
Altoona; Treasurer, Mrs. Wm. Schaffer, Conemaugh. 

An offering of $7.63 was taken. There were 33 women registered. 

Mrs. Ernest Pine, Secy. 
EAST CENTRAL DISTRICT W. M. C. RALLY 

The second rally of the Women's Missionary Council of the East Cen- 
tral District was held at Rittman, Ohio, on October 6th. About 60 women 
represented 6 churches of the district. A fellowship dinner was held in 



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the basement of the church and was greatly enjoyed by all. The after- 
noon was spent in a devotional meeting and a business session. The fol- 
lowing churches furnished special music: — Canton, Danville, EUet, Mid- 
dlebranch, Rittman and Sterling. A devotional message on "MARY AND 
MARTHA" taken from Luke 10:38-42 was given by Mrs. John Squires of 
Sterling. All received a rich blessing. 

In our business session the National By-Laws and Objectives for the 
year 1939-1940 were read and adopted by this district. A report was 
given by the Prayer Circle Secretary, Miss Vina Snyder of Canton, telling 
of prayer requests and suggesting prayer covenant cards for each Council. 
The meeting closed with prayer and every one agreed it was a wonderful 
time of fellowship with our blessed Lord, to whom we give all praise for 
the blessings so far and for the bright future ahead for the Women's Mis- 
sionary Council in the Brethren Church. 

Mr-s. John Aeby, Sec'y-Treas. 
INDIANA DISTRICT RALLY 

No formal report has been received, but the editor has heard some facts 
through personal correspondence about this rally, which was held at 
Fort Wayne, October 20th. 

There were 93 present, and all agreed they had a very profitable day 
in the Lord and with each other. The offering was $13.21, ten dollars being 
sent to National Council. The Secretary is Mrs. John Stuber of Peru. 




W. M. C. Rally at Fort Wayne, Ind. 



THE EDITOR REMARKS 

There is no use being an editor if one has nothing to edit. We must 
depend on you; if your district or your local council does something which 
is helpful to you, send me a report for the Herald. It is all right for the 



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officers to write inspirational messages, but what is ACTUALLY BEING 
DONE is real news. 

We have heard of some local councils who had money lying in the 
treasury, and who realized the need of our National Council for funds to 
run the current expense, and have been thoughtful enough to forward to 
the Financial Secretary some of that money in advance payment of their 
January offering. We think they set a good example. 

Our mailing list for the Devotional Topics is growing and straightening 
itself out gradually. The November topics went out to some one in each 
church if we had a name; then to friendly pastors where we had no 
woman's name. As fast as you furnish us with the name of the president 
of the W. M. C. or, where there is as yet no organization, some key woman, 
we shall promise to have this department running smoothly. 



NEWS FROM OUR FOREIGN FIELD 

INDIANA BRETHREN WOMEN'S MISSIONARY COUNCIL MEETS 

The first meeting of the Indiana District of the Brethren Women's 
Missionary Council was held in the First Brethren Church at Fort Wayne, 
Indiana, Friday, October 20, 1939. Meeting opened at ten o'clock with 
a Call to Worship in the form of an Organ Prelude. The song service was 
conducted by Mrs. Leo Polman. Mrs. R. A. Ashman, of Peru, led the de- 
votions, using as a basis the theme — "Christ Our Sufficiency." A vocal 
duet was rendered by members of the Fort Wayne Society. Mrs. Bertha 
Stevens, their President, gave the welcome. A report from the Registra- 
tion Committee showed 93 in attendance. This included members and 
friends from Roann, Osceola, Berne, Roanoke, Peru, North Liberty, Nap- 
panee. Fort Wayne, Huntington, Rockford, Ohio, Lake Odessa, Michigan, 
and Lakeville, Ohio. 

Plans and goals of the W. M. C. were then presented by Mrs. Polman. 
Morning session closed with prayer by Mrs. Conard Sandy, after which 
a sumptuous "favorite dish" meal was enjoyed by all. 

The afternoon session opened with a period of musical numbers on 
the electric guitar by Freda Myers, of Berne, Indiana. Devotions were 
led by Mrs. Belle Zook, of Huntington, Indiana. Her remarks centered 
around the question, "Will Your Anchor Hold?" An interesting roimd 
table discussion was held. The nominating committee composed of Mrs. 
R. A. Ashman, Peru, Indiana, Mrs. Alton Witter, Osceola, Indiana, and Mrs. 
Iva Fetters, Berne, Indiana, then reported and the following were elected 
to serve the District for the ensuing year: 

President — Mrs. Leo Polman, Fort Wayne, Indiana. 

Vice President— Mrs. Conard Sandy, Winona Lake, Indiana. 

Secretary — Mrs. John Stuber, Peru, Indiana. 



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Treasurer — Mrs. Alton Witter, Osceola, Indiana. 
Prayer Chairman — Mrs. Charles Baker, Roann, Indiana. 
An offering was then taken amounting to $13.20. 
A skit entitled, "Dr. Sure Cure" was then presented by the Fort 
Wayne ladies which was much enjoyed by all. 

The meeting was closed with the following Benediction: 

"The Lord Bless Thee, and keep thee, 

The Lord make his face to shine upon thee, 

And be gracious unto thee; 

The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee. 

And give thee peace." Amen. 

Mrs. J. W. Stuber, Secretary, Peru, Indiana. 



BOUCA NEWS FLASHES 

By Mrs. Joseph H. Foster 

In the news items for June and 
July we wish to call to remembrance 
the marvelous works that our Lord 
has done; and to render praise to 
Him for all His loving kindness and 
tender mercies; and to praise Him 
for the answers to prayer that His 
people have had. Then too we 
praise Him that the people are be- 
ginning to know that the God of 
heaven takes care of His own and 
supplies their every need. 

Recently in one of our evening 
classes one of the Christians gave 
this testimony: "Last year four of 
us made our kai^r corn plantations 
in one plot of ground. They were 
alongside of each other almost form- 
ing a square. One of the men was 
not a Christian; so after he had 
planted his garden, he made an 
altar in the midst of it, put medicine 
on it and a pot of beer for the spir- 
its who guarded it. 

"The other man had professed ac- 
cepting the Lord Jesus as his Sav- 
ior. But he had two wives and 
had taken a third one after he had 



made his confession. Every Sunday 
he attended the church services, but 
he sent his wives into his garden. 
In the eyes of the church he was 
doing good, because he came to 
church and said that he wanted to 
give up his wives — that is all but 
the first one. However God knew 
his heart. 

"Thomas and I made our gardens 
and asked the Lord to bless them. 
We did not put any medicine in 
them; neither did we do any work 
in them on Sundays. When it came 
time for the corn to develop it 
headed up nicely; but before it had 
developed in the shell, all of it 
withered and died in their two 
gardens, while ours bore a good 
harvest. 

"One day I met one of these men 
in his garden, and he said to me, 
'Abraham, look at the gardens. Our 
corn is all dead, while yours is so 
nice. What do you think has caused 
it?' I answered him and said, 'Well 
you made and planted your garden 
on Sundays. You went to church 
and made the church believe you 
were walking with the Lord. But 
God saw vour heart. He saw that 



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while you were in church your 
wives were in the garden. No doubt 
Ke wants to show you that you can- 
not fool Him.' The man replied, 
'Biani' (it is truth)." 

Another one of our native work- 
ers, who visits one of the bush vil- 
lages every week-end in order to 
teach the Way of the Lord more 
perfectly, had a rather unusual ex- 
perience. Last Friday evening as 
he was walking along the bush path 
when it was getting dusk, he sud- 
denly came upon a snake, which 
wound itself about his leg. For a 
moment he said he did not know 
what to do. But just as soon as 
he was able to think, he prayed; 
then he gave his leg a violent kick 
and the snake flew off. Then he 
thanked the Lord for his deliver- 
ance. But scarcely had he finished 
his prayer of thanksgiving, when 
a much larger snake lay right across 
his path. He thought within him- 
self, "Surely the enemy does not 
want me to get to the village to- 
night." He turned off into the high 
grass, and thus gave the reptile 
plenty of space, and went on his 
way. He said, "I know the Lord 
delivered, protected and cared for 
me; because I was on the path for 
His sake." 

Perhaps the most outstanding case 
of healing that we have had here 
took place last month. One Sunday 
after the morning service, a woman 
came with her baby to Abraham, 
our native pastor, and asked him 
to pray for the baby because it 
was so very, very ill. Abraham and 
several others looked at the little 
one, and the other Christians said, 



"Abraham, there is no use praying 
for this baby, for it is almost dead." 
Abraham said, "True, but I will pray 
for it anyway. It may be the Lord 
will heal it; because the mother 
must have faith in God or she 
would not have brought it; and 
God may want to heal it." They 
went into the chapel and Abraham 
prayed; then the mother took her 
precious burden and went home. 
By Monday evening the baby was 
entirely well. The following Sun- 
day both the father and mother 
came and accepted the Lord Jesus 
as their own personal Savior. They 
are now one in the Lord and are 
rejoicing in His goodness. God is 
doing great and marvelous works 
in our midst in order to show these 
people that He is one God and be- 
side Him there is none other. 

We also want to praise the Lord 
for the way He takes care of us 
in our none too strong buildings. 
We have had some terrible storms 
this rainy season; but God has pro- 
tected us in every way. 

Recently while we were at Ba- 
tangafo, they had a hail storm here 
at Bouca that covered the whole 
surface of the ground with a white 
sheet of ice. Of course it melted 
very quickly, but it was something 
more severe than the folks had 
seen before. During the storm two 
native houses were struck by light- 
ning and burned to the ground with 
three others, and a child killed in 
one of them by the lightning stroke. 
Continue to pray for us, for surely 
the Lord is working in the hearts 
of the people for His glory. 



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OUR-— 



Christian Endeavorers 



PRESIDENT 
Rev. Robert A. Ashman 

12 South Clay Street 
Peru, Ind. 

Y. P. TOPIC EDITOR 
Rev. Norman Uphouse 

Winchester, Va. 



JUNIOR TOPIC EDITOR 

Miss Miriam Gilbert 

1539 — 25th Street, S. E. 
Washington, D. C. 



EXECUTIVE SECRETARY 
Rev. Leo Polman 

4007 Tacoma Avenue 
Ft. Wayne, Ind. 

NEWS EDITOR 

Miss Grace Allshouse 

309 West 4th Street 
Ashland, Ohio 



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INTRODUCING OUR NEW CHRISTIAN 

ENDEAVOR PRESIDENT 

By R. D. Crees, Retiring President 

For the past five years the writer has 
served on the Board of the Brethren Na- 
tional Christian Endeavor Union, filling 
the office of President during the entire 
period. For some time we have felt 
that this position should be turned over 
to another, so at our Board meeting at 
Winona Lake, Indiana, last August, we 
prevailed upon the board to make this 
change. We are happy to announce that 
Rev. Robert Ashman, pastor of our 
Brethren Church at Peru, Indiana, has 
been elected as the new president. 
Brother Ashman has already made a fine 
record in promoting the interest of 
Christian Endeavor in pastorates he has 
held in Pennsylvania and Indiana, and 
comes to his new position well qualified 
as a leader for Brethren Christian En- 
deavorers. 

As the retiring president, I want to 
thank the Brethren Endeavorers from 
all over the nation for the fine support 
they have given to our national work. 
We pray that you might be even more 
loyal to Brother Ashman as he leads you 
this year. I firmly believe that a new 
day of opportunity is dawning for Breth- 
ren young people, and your Christian 
Endeavor Union will have its share in 
encouraging this vision. 

As you probably know, the member- 
ship of the Board is the same as last 
year. No changes could be made be- 



cause no legally organized Brethren Na- 
tional Conference met at Winona Lake. 
A. H. Kent of Long Beach, California,- 
continues as Vice-President, and Leo 




Polman continues as the Executive Sec- 
retar"y. The writer was elected as the 
new Treasurer. Grace Allshouse stays 
as News Editor, but please note her 
change of address as she is no longer 
connected with the Brethren Publishing 
Co. Norman Uphouse continues as Top- 
ic Editor and Miriam Gilbert as Junior 
Editor. We are sorry the temporary 
management of the Brethren Publishing 
Company has failed to print both our 
topics and news, and we thank the Home 
Missions Council for giving us this space 



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in their magazine. We feel sure the For- 
eign Mission Board will give us space in 
their magazine also, so until further no- 
tice you may look for our Christian En- 
deavor materials in these two magazines. 
Will you not pray that the Lord may 
open the way soon so we can give you 
our topics and news weekly as formerly? 
Until such a time we recommend our 
Young People's and Adult C. E. Societies 
purchase the "Christian Youth Quarter- 
ly," published by Christian Publications. 
Inc., Third and Reily Sts., Harrisburg, 
Pa., and use the topics and material con- 
tained therein. 

Please send all monies direct to Broth- 
er Polman, the Executive Secretary, and 
NOT to me as treasurer. Send him also 
all orders for the C. E. Manual, cards, 
and other supplies. Send your news to 
Grace Allshouse. Please remember that 
the temporary management of the 
Brethren Publishing Company is in no 
way connected with the work of your 
Brethren National Christian Endeavor 
Union. We do not write and have not 
authorized the printing of the C. E. Top- 
ics as now appearing in that magazine. 
Will you please pray that our projects 
and goals, which remain the same as 
last year, might be met by our societies, 
and that the Lord may use our present 
difficulties to His honor and glory? 



C. E. TOPICS DEC. 10, 1939 
HOW TO CONDUCT A REVIVAL 

(II Chron. 30:1-20) 
Suggestions for the Leader 

A topic like this may seem strange to 
young people who are not in active ser- 
vice for the Lord. Nevertheless, we 
need to know what makes a successful 
revival and realize the part we ought to 
have in it. Possibly there are too many 
people who think that the series of meet- 
ings are conducted by a visiting speaker 
and together with the pastor and a few 
personal workers, they must make it 
come out right. On the other hand, this 
topic will point out the fact that every 
Christian ought to assume responsibility 
and do those things that will contribute 
to the meeting. 



It makes no difference who the person 
is, there is something that can be done. 
During the past few months we have 
discussed the importance and methods 
of soul-winning. Now in the revival 
effort there is a special need for this 
work and such personal work that helps 
men and builds the church. Some peo- 
ple feel that they can not do the work of 
a soul-winner. If there is a barrier here, 
then there is something else to be done. 
We can offer our assistance in bringing 
others to the meeting. We can join the 
prayer band that pleads for those who 
are lost. Perhaps we can sing or play 
musical instruments that will be a help. • 
Certainly there is something that we can 
do to' be of assistance. Never become 
critical of the service. Try to develop a 
sympathetic attitude and see that good 
is being done. If there should be any- 
thing not right in the conduct of the 
meetings, feel free to make suggestions 
to the right persons and then suggest 
those things to bring about an improve- 
ment. 

Let it be understood that we conduct 
revivals for two reasons. The work in 
the church needs reviving. Those who 
have become careless and indifferent in 
the work need to come to the place of 
reconsecration. Certainly scores of 
church members stand in need of mak- 
ing a re-affirmation of their faith. They 
must renew their vows before the Lord. 
Another reason for the effort is that it 
becomes a special drive for new con- 
verts. Do not feel ashamed to tell the 
people that we are out to gain new con- 
verts. They need the Lord and the fel- 
lowship of Christian people. Likewise 
the church needs them to come in and be 
a help in the work. 

This is the day when we need many 
young people to become active in Chris- 
tian work. It is not expecting too much 
to look for revivals to be born out of 
prayer and that to start in the meetings 
designed for young people. 

1. The Need and Possibility of Revivals. 
Ps. 85:3-7. 

If Christians would not lose their firsc 
love for God, there would be no need of 



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reviving them during the year. All of 
our efforts could be directed toward 
winning new converts for Christ. How- 
ever, men lose the fire of enthusiasm for 
things of the Lord and frequently need 
something done to bring them back to 
the former decisions. It is a good thing 
to have revivals because we are remind- 
ed over and over again of the signifi- 
cance of our profession of faith. The 
need of such meetings is clearly seen 
when people forget and become indiffer- 
ent to the things of the Lord. 

"When is a revival needed? Whenever 
there is worldliness in the church; when- 
ever there is backsliding, lack of prayer, 
indifference about doing the Lord's 
work, when finances begin to fail, when 
quarrels arise and the unity of the Spirit 
is no longer manifest. Then a revival is 
needed." 

"The possibility of a revival depends 
on one thing. That is, willingness to 
admit our need." 
2. What Revivals Are. Ezekiel 37:1-14. 

The consideration of the story of the 
vision of the valley of dry bones gives 
us a great lesson for the topic tonight. 
Here we see the lifeless bones scattered 
in a valley. With no life, there was no 
power and activity. Even though the 
reference is first to the nation of Israel, 
we can see a message for us today. To 
be lifeless and powerless within the 
church, tells a horrible story of death. 

The prophet was told to prophesy to 
these bones and they came together. 
Flesh came to the bones but as yet there 
was no life in them. It was necessary 
for the Spirit to come upon them before 
they could move about and be as men. 
Now herein lies the secret of a revival. 
We can do many things by our own' ef- 
forts and even make the meeting look 
like a success; but there will be an ab- 
sence of conversions and real life unless 
the Spirit moves upon the people. Great 
revivals were experienced by the out- 
pouring of the Holy Spirit. We have no 
way to revive the work in the church 
that can compare to the power of the 
Spirit. Great men of God who have 
been leaders of revivals have testified to 



the need of the presence and power of 
the Holy Spirit in successful campaigns. 

3. Revivals and Preaching. Neh, 8:8-12. 

The part that preaching ought to have 
in the revival is to explain and teach 
Scripture. It is the Word that will be 
the thing that will cause the people to 
hear. Men will not regard the opinion 
of others as much as long as they are 
varied and in opposition to that which 
they like. On the other hand, the pres- 
entation of the truth from the Bible pre- 
sents them with a different problem. If 
it is in the Bible, they can be asked to do 
something about it. 

It is true that some meetings are start - 
ed with great enthusiasm due to the 
ability of the speaker or the musical 
program or even unusual methods of 
evangelism; however the thing that will 
make real converts is in preaching the 
Word. Other things may be used as an 
aid but never to displace real Biblical 
preaching. Paul said that faith cometh 
by hearing and hearing by the Word of 
God. Therefore we have a lesson that 
teaches real faith is not caught from the 
experiences of others but received 
through the Word. 

4. Revivals and Prayer. Ezra 10:1. 
Without exception, revivals of great 

notice and proportions have been the 
results of burdened prayer. The revival 
of Ezra's day was started at the place of 
prayer. Church history records the im- 
portance of prayer in preceding revivals. 

The immediate result of the burden of 
prayer is that those praying will be 
bound together in a common understand- 
ing for the thing they desire to see. 
Then there is strength in numbers. Cer- 
tainly the Holy Spirit bears witness to 
sympathetic souls who plead for the sal- 
vation of the lost. One writer said that 
the Spirit begins to work when men 
begin to pray. Another thing is that the 
devil trembles when he sees the weakest 
saint upon his knees. He fears that he 
may ask something great that will hurt 
his program. 

During the revival, prayer is necessary. 
Converts have been made through faith- 
ful prayer. After everything has come 



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to pass, men admit that there was an 
unusual power working* within them 
that urged them to yield to Christ. They 
testify to the power of prevailing prayer. 

5. Revivals and Music. U Chron. 29: 
25-30. 

Music has its place in a revival. We 
have come into a period of gospel songs. 
That is, a new emphasis has been placed 
upon a spirited song service that tells 
the story of salvation. Conversions have 
come through singing appropriate songs. 
Every evangelist must recognize the 
help of good music and the inspiration 
gained from it. If you have ability to 
sing or play for the Lord, consider it as 
a ministry and be willing to use it to His 
praise. Remember to sing songs that the 
Spirit can use for good. 

6. Revivals and Personal Work. Acts 
8:5, 6, 26, 35. 

Other speakers have mentioned the 
importance of prayer, preaching and 
music in the successful revival. Person- 
al work, also, is of great importance. 
Today we must go out to compel the 
people to come in. There was a day 
when an announcement of a coming re- 
vival was sufficient to draw a large 
crowd. That is no longer true. In some 
cases the prominence of a noted speak- 
er will bring unusual hearings; but for 
the most part the people will not come 
unless others show an interest. We 
must go into homes and discover the 
needs and offer help. It may be a word 
of explanation will be just the thing 
needed. Let the people know their 
need for God and the plan of salvation. 
This is fundamental in personal work. 
Offer to call for the prospect. Place 
your automobile at the service of the 
Lord. It will turn out to be a blessing 
for you to use your efforts to bring 
others to the place preaching is being 
done. 

We can never over estimate the value 
of having decisions in the home. This 
will make it so much easier for them to 
come to the Lord in a public meeting. If 
you are timid in doing this work, go 
with an experienced worker first. Learn 
how to do the work and then feel free to 



go out alone. It is a good thing to have 
a tract or an announcement card to 
serve as a starting point for the im- 
portant discussion. Bring the discussion 
to the matter of salvation. Invitations to 
the meeting are essential; but happy is 
the man who can go beyond this to talk 
about the love of God and the need of 
man for salvation. 

Today the crying need of the church 
is for personal workers. We must have 
consecrated people who will volunteer 
some of their time and effort to bring in 
the lost. The work is too great for only 
a few. Let your decision be for the 
Lord's will in the matter and see how 
He can make a personal worker out of 
you. First there must be a willing mind. 
Questions to Be Answered 

1. How many things can young peo- 
ple do to encourage the start of a re- 
vival? 

2. What should we do to make a re- 
vival a success, after it has started? 

3. What do we expect to happen dur- 
ing a revival meeting? 

4. Why is personal work especially 
necessary today? 

5. Do you think we have a need for 
a revival in our church today? Why? 

Additional Scripture 
Habakkuk 3:2; Isaiah 57:15; Jer. 3:22; 
Luke 15:18. 



THE THRILL OF JEWISH 
MISSIONS 

(Continued from Page 9) 
power of sin is the same. And the 
longing of the Jew and the prayer 
of the Jew for the coming of the 
Messiah is perhaps greater today 
than ever before. What so few 
Christian people realize is that it is 
the paganism and idolatry which 
has crept into the Roman and Greek 
Catholic churches, which is after ail 
the only kind of Christianity that 
most of the Jews have seen, and 
this unfriendly and antagonistic at- 
titude, and this bitter persecution 



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on the part of these who called 
themselves Christians throughout 
the centuries that have made mis- 
sionary work among the Jews what 
it is today. However, the most diffi- 
cult and discouraging thing about 
Jewish missions is not so much the 
opposition or mockery or even per- 
secution on the part of the Jews. 
We expect that, and we remember 
what our Lord said:- "Blessed are 
they which are persecuted for right- 
eousness sake, for theirs is the king- 
dom of heaven." Matt. 5:10. It is 
the lukewarmness, the indifference 
on the part of the Christian people — 
yea, the fundamentalist — that takes 
the heart out of the Jewish mission- 
ary. 

And yet in spite of all these diffi- 
culties and hardships and heart- 
aches there is a romance and a thrill 
about Jewish missions that is not 
found in any other mission field. 
The Rev. Keith L. Brooks, editor 
and publisher of Prophecy magazine 
experienced that thrill when he vis- 
ited our Mission one night and then 
wrote a very interesting account of 
it. We have it in tract form and it 
is to be had for the asking. It will 
give you an idea of our work here 
in Los Angeles and the method we 
are following. Indeed, to hear the 
Jewish young men who gather in 
our Mission night after night sing 
our Gospel hymns so lustily that 
you can hear them for blocks, and to 
listen to their searching questions 
concerning Christ and the New Tes- 
tament for hours at a time — until 
midnight if you would let them — 
and to hear their earnest and heart- 
felt testimonies once they have ac- 



cepted Christ as their Savior and 
Redeemer, will make your heart re- 
joice and praise God. 



MINUTES OF THE BRETHREN 
NATIONAL BIBLE CONFERENCE 

(Continued from Page 20) 
Wm. Schafeer, R. Paul Miller, 
Miles Taber. 
Committee to Arrange Program for 
Fellowship of Ministers: 
O. A. Lorenz, H. A. Kent, Donald 
Carter. 

Minutes of the final business ses- 
sion were read and approved. Ben- 
ediction was pronounced and Con- 
ference adjourned. 

Joseph L. Gingerich, Secy. 



BRETHREN STUDENT LIFE 
VOLUNTEERS 

(Continued from Page 18) 
present. We marvel at His saving 
power. We marvel too at His abili- 
ty to use even the least of us to do 
great services for Him. You could 
be the camp leaders; you could be 
the youthful speaker; you could be 
the • Christian comrades. Submit 
yourself unto the Lord and you will 
marvel too at what He can do with 
you. You might be the girl, Doro- 
thy. Pray God to deliver you from 
your besetting sins. Tell us your 
needs, we will pray with you. 

WE THANK ORVILLE LORENZ! 
That was a fine message concerning 
the B.S.L.V. brought to us by Broth- 
er Lorenz in the November issue of 
the Herald. Have you forgotten 
what he said? Read it again. He 
writes, concerning the B.S.L.V. in 
the Brethren Church, it is "a vital 
necessity to any real progress in 



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THE OBSERVER 

(Continued from Page 5) 
communist society. Uplift women by robbing them of the love that makes 
a woman's life fit to live? Uplift them by making havoc of the nation's 
homes, by making mothers and other women but victims of convenience 
and their children the wards of the state? A society in which men and 
women could mate freely without restraint or responsibility would be 
healthy? Such a society would reek with the filth and disease of the 
brothel and suffer with the agonies that take hold on Hell! Russia with 
its coming generation declared to be rotting in the throes of social disease 
till their health department has pronounced it in the form of a plague is 
sufficient evidence of the harvest of such a course. God save America 
from a woman's party that promotes such a hellish course. 



spreading the Whole Gospel." 
Thanks to you, Brother Lorenz. 

WE HEAR WEDDING BELLS! 
One of our first and most active 
"Volunteers" was married early in 
November. Miss Miriam McKeef- 
ery, Philadelphia, gave her hand and 
her heart to Rev. Norman Uphouse, 
Winchester, Va. We know both 
Norm and Miriam. They are fine 
Christian young people. We know 
the Lord will use them. We expect 
them to aid in the building of the 
B.S.L.V. They have promised to do 
so. 

While we are on the subject of 
weddings, let us add a word. We sat 
recently in a courtroom. The wit- 
nesses, one by one, came to the 
chair and told what they knew con- 
cerning the case and persons in 
question. One thing was brought 
forcefully home to our hearts. Four 
out of five cases in the court that 
day were concerning separated or 
divorced people. Not old people but 
young people. They had taken a 
"fling and marriage" and had found 
it "didn't suit." In God's name, 
"Volunteers," choose well your com- 



panions now. Friendships lead to 
affections, affections to love, love to 
marriage. Even as Christ could not 
be successfully joined to an apostate 
church, so it is impossible for you to 
be joined successfully to a sinful 
companion. Choose your friends 
right and then you will have no re- 
grets in future years. Remember, 
there is a God above who answers 
prayer. Ask Him, He will lead you 
to the proper companions now and 
to future brides and grooms. Honor 
Him in this, a vital step in life. 



ACROSS THE NATION 

(Continued from Page 15) 
and look things over. We found a 
number of Brethren eager for a 
church in that community. A Grace 
Seminary Gospel Team was there 
that day and they led in a program 
that was very profitable. We looked 
over some possible locations for the 
new work, and it is likely that some- 
thing will develop in this field be- 
fore long. Brother Alton Witter has 
been very active in his efforts to 
bring about a new work in this 
community. 



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MAKE IT A WELL 

J. DANSON SMITH 

"Who passing through the Valley of Baca (Marg. or "weep- 
ing" not a literal valley, but any place of tears) make it a well" 
(Ps. 84:6). 

"MAKE. IT A WELL"! Yes, thy valley of sorrow; 
Make it a well — not a dark dismal grave! 
Make it a well — thus to find on the morrow 
Thou hast grown nobler, by thus being brave. 

"MAKE IT A WELL"! Yes, a fount of refreshing! 
Make it a well — thy deep heart's flood of tears! 
Make it a well — Thou shalt thus find a blessing 
Which will enrich thee throughout all life's years. 

"MAKE IT A WELL"! That which makes thee heart-broken^- 
Things which have pierced thee, more cruel than steel; 
Stings which would linger, through graceless words spoken, 
Make thee a well; and the wounds — they shall heal. 

"MAKE IT A WELL"! The dear Spirit will aid thee! 
He understands! and He giveth all grace! 
Thus shall the vale, where thy sorrow had laid thee. 
Be to thy spirit a conquering place. 



JANUARY, 1940 



THE 

BRETHREN HERALD 

Ojficial organ of 
THE BRETHREN HOME MISSIONS COUNCIL 



Volume 1 No. 12 

Entered as second-class matter October 25, 1939, at the post office at Berne, Ind., 

under the Act of March 3, 1879. 

R. Paul Miller, editor 

Paul R. Bauman Roy A. Patterson 

associate editors 



This special Foreign Missionary number of The Brethren Herald is the regular 
material that would have appeared in the columns of the Brethren Evangelist. The 
full explanation of this change will be found on page seven of this issue in Dr. 
Bauman's article entitled "A Re-statement." Dr. Bauman is the editor of this entire 
issue. "We are very glad to welcome the Foreign Missionary magazine into our 
columns. 

R. Paul Miller, Editor of The Brethren Herald. 



CONTENTS 

Pages Pages 



Editorials 3 

A Re-Statement 7 



Prayer and Praise 23 

War Dashes Hopes and Changes 



Gleanings from Missionary Letters .... 12 Plans 24 



The Gospel Is Preached at Bocaranga 17 
Wanted: One Missionary Washing 

Machine 19 



Bozoum, A. E, F 26 

Missionary Items 27 



Toward Armageddon 1939 20 Financial Statement 34 

Bouca News Flashes 21 A New Publishing Company 35 

The King Comes 22 Our Christian Endeavorers 36 

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The Herald is published monthly at the office of The Berne Witness Co., ! 
Berne, Indiana, by the Brethren Home Missions Council, Berne, Indiana. | 

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Subscription rate, fifty cents per year. Those who give five doUars or more I 
per year to the work of the Brethren Home Missions Council will receive ' 
this magazine regularly. Fifty cents each is deducted from such gifts to 
defray cost of the magazine. Changes of address should be sent to our office 
thirty days before they are made to avoid loss of copies. 
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January, 1940 



EDITORIALS 



LETTERS Due to the delay in getting out this new Missionary 

FROM OUR Number, we have been unable to give our readers the 

MISSIONARIES choice excerpts from missionaries' letters which they 
have so much enjoyed in the past. These letters have 
piled up on us, and we are now giving gleanings from them all. There are 
quite a number of them, but they all make very interesting reading for 
those who care to know what is going on in the lives and hearts of those in 
Africa and in Argentina. 

A MISSIONARY'S The editor has been informed that the home of 

TROUBLES Mr. and Mrs. Ricardo E. Wagner, who are in charge 

of our mission at Almafuerte, Argentina, was entered 
and that the thieves got away with their money. It is quite a test for 
them, but we are sure that in some way the Lord will see that they do 
not suffer too greatly from this loss. Perhaps God will put it upon the 
heart of someone to help, for we haven't two better or more faithful mis- 
sionaries in Argentina than Brother and Sister Wagner. They are doing 
a real work for Christ in and about Almafuerte. 

However, they say troubles do not come singly. Sister Wagner has 
been ill with asthma. On top of this a young woman, a very competent 
and needed servant, that helped them so much in the home, proved to be 
immoral; and that meant the loss of a servant in a time of need. 

On top of all this, the news had to come that Sister Wagner's father, 
Frank Larson out in California, had been run down by an automobile 
while coming home on his bicycle from work, and as we write, is "in the 
hospital with a broken leg." Sister Larson wrote us that "he looked such 
a mess in the doctor's office — blood all over his face, hands and arms so 
skinned, and two cuts, a big bump on his head; but they turned out to be 
minor injuries and he is getting along unusually well." 

It is hard to understand why God permits things like this to come 
to his choicest servants. We know that they came above measure to the 
greatest and most faithful servant perhaps God ever had on the face of 
this earth, even the Apostle Paul. God had His reasons, and Paul was con- 
tent to know that. Our Heavenly Father makes no mistakes. Some day, 
in tihe light of the glory of His face, it will be fully explained why our 
Heavenly Father permitted almost unbearable sufferings and losses to 
come into the life of the one upon whom He placed the greatest burdens — 



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even Paul. If things were permitted to come to Paul, why should the 
rest of us ever question the goodness of God? We do not believe that our 
Sister Wagner questions His goodness for one moment. Some day, in the 
light of the glory of His face, we shall understand. 

GOD BLESS The Secretary-Treasurer has just received 

THE SISTERHOOD from the treasurer of the national organization 

OF of the Sisterhood of Mary and Martha a check 

MARY AND MARTHA for $100, to be used in purchasing any instru- 
ments or equipment for Dr. Floyd W. Taber that 
may be needed at this time. Also, the letter that bore this check to us 
informs us that the Sisterhood is undertaking to support the "Baby Hos- 
pital" at the Yaloke Station. Miss Elizabeth Tyson, nurse in charge of 
that hospital, has been doing a great work for the young mothers and 
wives in that part of the world. Her work has been a real blessing to 
African womanhood. A dollar given to this work goes first of all toward 
the spiritual healing of the African women and follows that up immedi- 
ately with healing for their physical sufferings, and especially such as are 
due to child bearing. 

Surely, the Sisterhood could not undertake a finer work than this. 
Some day their ebony-skinned sisters will meet them face to face in glory. 
What a meeting that will be! 

We are officially informed that "It is the desire of the organization 
(the Sisterhood) to have as large an amount of funds as possible available 
by March 1, 1940, or thereabouts, so that the necessary purchasing may be 
done before Miss Tyson leaves for the field, assuming that she may be 
leaving sometime in May or near that time." 

We have no doubt but that the undertaking of the Sisterhood will be 
abundantly blessed as their other undertakings have been. God bless the 
Sisterhood of Mary and Martha. 

A FINE BUNCH The foreign mission editor is in receipt of a letter 

OF FOLKS from Fred H. Hope of the American Presbyterian Mis- 

sion in the Camerouns. He says: 
"If we have been of help to you and your people here, we are indeed 
glad. It has always been a pleasure to do things for them. They are a fine 
bunch of folks. I feel that they are just a part of us. I feel that I have some 
warm friends in your Mission." 

The fine, free spirit maintained between our mission in the Oubangui- 
Chari and the American Presbyterian Mission in the Camerouns is a real 
joy to know. This is one of the greatest missions in Africa, and we are glad 
that the contact they hav£ had with our missionaries has left such a fine 
impression. 



January, 1940 5 

AS TO The editor is in receipt of a letter from which we quote: 

OUR "God bless you, Brother Bauman. We love you for the en- 

ENEMIES emies you have made." The editor appreciates the loyalty of 
the writer. However, he v/ants to say that in his heart he 
holds enmity for no man. If others wish to be our enemies, that is be- 
tween them and their God. Life is too short, the coming of our Lord is 
too near, and the issues of the judgment are too tremendous, for us to 
pass out of this world harboring in our heart ill will, enmity, jealousy, 
hatred, or anything of that sort for any man. When we visited Tuskegee 
Institute, in Alabama several years ago, we saw a monument of that great 
negro, Booker T. Washington, who founded that institution. At the base 
of this monument are words uttered by Mr. Washington, "I will let no man 
drag me down so low as to make me hate him." We humbly and earnestly 
pray the prayer of that great negro! 

THE THANKSGIVING From what we are hearing, there ought to be 

OFFERING a very commendable offering for the Home Mis- 

sion's Council this year. The Council has many 
looking to it for assistance. We believe that Brethren churches can be 
built all over these United States, if only we can secure the proper men 
as pastors — real church builders. Never before was the testimony of the 
Brethren Church more needed than it is in this hour. 

As for the Editor, his own church in Long Beach has contributed its 
largest Thanksgiving Offering. At this writing it stands at $3,363.90 in 
cash. On top of that there are a number of pledges, which will be paid; 
and, this paid soon, will bring our offering up to $3,612.40 in cash. For this 
we "Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow." And may God richly 
bless those who have the responsibility of administering these funds for 
the glory of Christ and His Church. 

THIS SPECIAL ISSUE— The Ashland College oligarchy, by injunc- 

AN EXPLANATION tion, have brought about a change in the ed- 
itorial staff and business management of the 
Brethren Publishing Co. — a change that, if conscience did not keep some 
of us from going into court, would never be sustained in any legal court 
in the land, yet, it has made it necessary for us to make other arrange- 
ments for the publication of our literature. Through the courtesy of 
The Brethren Herald, this special issue enables us to get our material into 
the mails yet this month of December. In order that all may understand 
just what has happened, we are taking the time and space in this issue 
to give full restatement of the entire situation. 

What was once the Foreign Missionary Number of The Brethren Evan- 
gelist will hereafter be published as the Foreign Missionary Number of 
The Brethren Missionary Herald. The Brethren Missionary Herald is a 



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new paper through which the Brethren Missionary will continue to be 
published as it was published in The Brethren Evangelist. 

This new paper, by the way, will be issued weekly. The Foreign 
Missionary Society takes over the first number; and, therefore, the first 
regular issue will go in the mails the first week in January. 

It is not without regret that the editor has to sever his connection with 
The Brethren Evangelist. That name has grown dear to us through all 
the years of our service for Christ. When but a child, we wrote for its 
columns. Among the earliest memories of life is the memorj?- of trying 
to scrawl out, with our almost baby hand, a few lines for a department 
in which letters from little children were printed. The paper was then 
edited by Henry R. Holsinger, who, under God, was the founder of the 
Brethren Church as that denomination now exists. That was nearly sixty 
years ago. Therefore, it pulls upon the heart strings to separate from 
The Brethren Evangelist. God knows, if others do not, that we would not 
have had it so. 

WHAT And now the anti-Semites are out after the scalp of the Ed- 

NEXT? itor. By the time these are through, yet, we wonder if we will 
have hide or hair left us. First of all, their wrath was stirred 
by the Editor's book on the subject "The Time of Jacob's Trouble." What 
they have said about us for writing that volume would fill a good sized 
book. And now, they are hurling their invectives our way because of a 
series we are writing in the Sunday School Times. The Editor of the 
Sunday School Times has just sent us a letter from one of them, from 
which we quote in part: 

"Am interested in the forthcoming articles of Dr. Bauman. I 
have read some of his works. His pamphlets on the 'Jew' appear 
to me as the veriest twaddle. Jew and Israelite are not synonymous, 
in my way of thinking and analyzing. That being so, his writings are 
senseless. 

"Again, the people of whom he writes are not, nor ever were, Jews 
or Israelites. They are not Abraham's seed; never were. . . . 

"Where is that nation that has been a blessing to all the families 
of the earth? Is it a Jew? Indeed, to this we might reply with ab- 
solute truth that, the Jew has been the arch enemy of peace in this 
world for the past five hundred years. . . . 

"I am enclosing a dollar for the TIMES containing those articles." 
It is presumed that this man belongs to the group of anti-Semites who 
are trying to prove that Jesus Himself was not a Jew. Whether Jesus 
was a Jew or not, it would be t'o deny the authenticity of the New Testa- 
ment itself to deny that Jesus plainly declared: "Salvation is of the Jews" 
(John 4:22). 

The position that these anti-Semites take is not only contrary to all 
the revealed Word of God, but is absolutely ridiculous. But then, by fair 

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January, 1940 



A Re-Statement 

By Foreign Missionary Society Editor 



Members of The Foreign Missionary 
Society are inquiring about our Foreign 
Missionary magazine, and they are en- 
titled to know something about it. There- 
fore, lest we be misunderstood, we are 
issuing a full and complete statement as 
to what has led up to the severance of 
our connection with the Brethren Pub- 
lishing Company of Ashland, Ohio, as 
that Company is now constituted. 

Back in the year 1937, the Board of 
Trustees of Ashland College denied the 
Southern California District the right to 
choose their own representatives on that 
Board. They also denied the right of 
the National Conference to control said 
institution. The reason for the rejec- 
tion of the California representatives 
was that the Board of Trustees might be 
"harmonized." 

At that same meeting, Dean Alva ,J. 
McClain and Prof. Herman Hoyt were 
summarily dismissed from Ashland Col- 
lege Seminary. The reason was that 
there might be "harmony" on College 
Hill. 

One of the most amazing things about 
this "harmonizing" process is that the 
one who, according to the testimony of 
two former Ashland College presidents 
and certain members of the faculty, was 
the most "inharmonious" soul on the 
"Hill," was not ordered to join McClain, 
Hoyt. Ashman and the writer, in our 
procession down the "Hill." More aston- 
ishing still is the fact that this reputed 
"thorn in the flesh" should immediately 
become the outstanding leader of the 
"harmonizers." "It is a queer world, my 
lads. It is a queer world!" 

On the heels of McClain and Hoyt, 
more than twenty fine lads, the hope 
for a revitalized Brethren ministry in 
the tomorrow that then was, came down 
that same "Hill," although they came 
voluntarily. The Brethren Church 



could ill afford to lose those lads! 
Neither could it afford to lose to some 
interdenominational seminary, men of 
the peculiar teaching gifts of Dean Mc- 
Clain and Prof. Hoyt. 

Result: To save both lads and teachers 
to the service of the Church, Grace 
Theological Seminary was born. 

Having "harmonized" things in Ash- 
land College and Seminary, these same 
College forces proceeded to "harmonize" 
the National Home Mission Board. The 
"harmonizers," having a slight majority 
on that Board — a majority of one, we 
believe — they attempted to get rid of an 
"inharmonious" Secretary. But, the Sec- 
retary had proven to be a positive suc- 
cess. He had built up that work to a 
place never before attained. The Con- 
ference that year refused to accept all 
the "harmonization" program, and the 
Home Board bowed to the will of the 
Conference and retained the Secretary. 

The following year saw the National 
Conference again quite evenly divided 
between two opposing groups — one 
group demanding that the Conference 
should be brought under the control of 
the supporters of Ashland College, and 
the other group demanding that congre- 
gational government should continue. In 
their continued efforts to produce "har- 
mony," it was decided that any and all 
who opposed the ruling oligarchy now 
solidly enthroned in the College and on 
the National Home Mission Board, must 
go. 

Once again, the shafts of the "har- 
monizers" were directed at the Secretary 
of The National Home Mission Board. 
Having a slight control of The National 
Home Mission Board, they made a sec- 
ond attack on the Secretary, declaring 
that they had some real charges against 
him. A motion was made, requesting 
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retain the Secretary until he could fairly 
be tried in the matter of its charges 
against him. But, the enemies of the 
Secretary called for "a two-thirds vote." 
By a majority of fifty -five votes, the 
the Conference requested the retention 
of the Secretary for another year. But, 
the motion for his retention was lost on 
"a two-thirds vote." Thus, there was a 
flat rejection of the time -honored ma- 
jority rule of the National Conference. 
The Brethren Home Missions Council 
was the result. 

During the following year, Ashland 
College leaders carried their fight into 
local churches. Professors even left 
their posts of duty, and invaded the 
churches where the pastors were not 
subservient to the College group. Ster- 
ling remembers. Middlebranch remem- 
bers. Hagerstown remembers. Flora 
remembers. Others remember. Unless 
pastors bowed the knee, they were to 
be bowed out of their pulpits. But their 
plans did not always succeed. 

Then, Ashland's forces planned for the 
control of the District Conferences. The 
Ohio Conference came within their 
grasp. Again, the demand was: "Bow 
the knee to the Ashland College oli- 
garchy or get out." A number of 
churches got out. A new Ohio District 
Conference (The Northeastern) was the 
result! 

The Maryland-Virginia District was 
made to feel the power of the Ashland 
oligarchy. The result was a "get-togeth- 
er" in that District of such churches as 
still possessed their souls. 

It was left for the Indiana Conference 
District, however, to show all the rest 
of them "how it should be done!" At 
that Conference, the Credentials Com- 
mittee must have possessed a list of all 
those that refused to bow the knee to 
the oligarchy that dwells on College Hill. 
For the sake of "harmonizing" that Con- 
ference, the Credentials Committee 
made loyalty to Ashland College and the 
National Home Mission Board the test 
of fellowship. Never until the year 1938 
was aught but loyalty to the teachings 
of the New Testament, and properly 



signed credentials from a recognized 
Brethren church, made a test of fellow- 
ship in a Brethren Conference. Here 
was something new. In some cases, 
delegates from the same local congre- 
gation found themselves — some in and 
some out! The Brethren Churches of 
Indiana lost their heritage. Instead of 
controlling their Conference, they found 
the Conference controlling them. A 
credential Committee of only three men. 
all servants of Ashland College, had 
usurped the inalienable right of control 
from all congregational Brethren church- 
es in Indiana. 

But — the scheme worked! It "har- 
monized" the Indiana Conference. We 
were informed through the columns of 
The Brethren Evangelist that it was the 
most "harmonious" Conference Indiana 
ever had. Motions were passed almost 
unanimously. Only on several occasions 
were there "two or three" dissenting 
votes on any motion. That out-rivals 
the balloting that approved Adolf Hitler! 
He never succeeded in making it 100%! 

Result: The disfellowshiped churches, 
preachers and laymen of Indiana had a 
wonderful "get-together" at Ft. Wayne. 
It may mean a wholly new Indiana 
Brethren Conference. What else can 
they do? Their work, under the Spirit 
of God, must go forward! 

The "harmonizing" method of the Ash- 
land College Group worked so well in 
Indiana that it was decided by them to 
use it to take over the National Confer- 
ence of The Brethren Church. There- 
fore, in a secret meeting in Warsaw, all 
plans were finally perfected and the pro- 
gram was laid down for all the loyal to 
follow. 

The College Group had a majority of 
one on the Credential Committee. That 
was enough. The majority was to see to 
it that, by fair means or foul, the Ash- 
land Group would have a majority vote 
in the National Conference, even should 
some dissenter turn the tables and call 
for a two-thirds vote. "Disloyalty" to 
something or other was to be set forth 
as the ground for the rejection of the 
credentials of those who still believed 



January, 1940 




CIVILIZATION 



tbeir souls were their own. It might be 
"disloyalty to the National Home Mis- 
sion Board"; or, it might be "disloyalty 
to the President of the Brethren Church" 
— no matter! The Ashland Group must 
have the votes! With the help of a sub- 
servient Moderator, they got all they 
wanted. 

According to their own controlled 
"Minutes," just published in the 1939 
Brethren Annual, 63 Lay credentials and 
18 Ministerial credentials were tossed 
into the wastebasket. These credentials 
were all duly granted and signed by sov- 
ereign congregational Brethren Church- 
es, whose rights to representation in a 
National Conference of Brethren 
Churches had never before been chal- 
lenged on any ground. They were abso- 
lutely valid for representation in The 
National Conference of The Brethren 
Church under every rule of that Confer- 
ence, or every rule that had ever there- 
tofore governed it. The rejection of 
such delegates could only make the Con- 
ference an illegally organized body — a 
misrepresentative and not a representa- 
tive body. 

Those who were not the slaves of the 



Ashland College oligarchs, were thus re- 
duced to a hopeless minority. They did 
not leave the Conference. They simply 
refused to vote. Why should they vote? 
No vote taken would have been the col- 
lective vote of the sovereign Brethren 
Churches of these United States. 

Needless it is to say that the "Indiana 
Method" introduced into the National 
Conference, brought "harmony" in one 
way. The new Moderator, who had been 
chosen in advance and instructed as to 
his task, was "elected" by a vote of 382 
to 1. (The published "Minutes" say the 
vote was 382 to 0. But we object! Those 
"Minutes" wei'e "doctored"! The writer 
himself received one vote! "We insist 
that it shall be a part of the record.) 

The Vice Moderator was "elected" by 
a vote of 385 to 0. The Secretary was 
elected 382 to 0; etc., etc. That certainly 
was the acme of "harmony." Not a 
single person who was not an ardent 
supporter of Ashland College was elect- 
ed to any office. The Committee on 
Committees — elected by the same heavy 
majority — all loyal College servants — 
saw to it that not a single non-sup- 
porter" of Ashland College was named 



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on any Committee. (The only excep- 
tion to this was in the case of the "Com- 
mittee on the Spiritual State of the 
Churches." Under the rules of the Con- 
ference, the Committee had to place a 
man from each District Conference. In 
the Southern California District and in 
the Northwest District, it seems no Col- 
lege men were available.) Now, that is 
"harmony" with a vengeance! Even the 
Democrats, in their overwhelming pre- 
ponderance in our national Congress, yet 
respect the minority rights of the Re- 
publicans enough to grant them some 
representation on Congressional Com- 
mittees! They are "the unregenerate 
world," we say. Well, what were who? 
Now, let no man say that the "National 
Conference" of The Brethren Churches 
was not a "harmonious affair!" It was! 

Result: Such churches as still clahn 
and demand their right of untrammelled 
representation, are calling next year for 
a National Bible Conference of all Breth- 
ren Churches that still believe in the 
right of all duly organized Brethren 
Churches, absolutely loyal to the New 
Testament doctrines and ordinances as 
they have been interpreted and believed 
ever since the Brethren Church was 
born — to representation to such a Con- 
ference. 

There will be a Bible Conference next 
year, where, without prejudice, the 
rules will rule, and wherein all Breth- 
ren Churches who wish, may unite in 
collective effort without the loss of local 
sovereignty. It will be a Conference 
wherein all Brethren shall be tested only 
on the ground of their loyalty to Jesus 
Chris and His revealed Word. Into that 
Conference, Brethren will meet, ex- 
change views, and, agreeing or differing, 
they will remain brethren. In that Con- 
ference, the rights of the minority will 
be respected and guarded, inasmuch as 
a minority is often right while a majori- 
ty is often wrong. 

Such a Conference is necessary be- 
cause we know of no other Conference 
organized under the rules that have al- 
ways governed the Conference of Breth- 
ren Churches everywhere. All just men 



must reject the idea of the recent so- 
called "National Conference of The 
Brethren Church" as being a legal body. 
Its organizations and actions were clear- 
ly illegal. Continual protests of its ut- 
ter illegality was made by its own ac- 
cepted delegates throughout all its ses- 
sions. But a "mastermind" had hold of 
the reins, and the procession drove on! 
However, any meeting of such a Confer- 
ence on the basis of its organization in 
1939 cannot be respected. 

With these observations out of the 
way, we now come to the real purpose of 
this "Statement." The so-called "Na- 
tional Conference" adopted a resolution 
from which we quote: 

"Whereas R. D. Barnard, F. B. Miller 
and R. Paul Miller, who have heretofore 
served as members of the Board of Di- 
rectors of the Brethren Publishing Com- 
pany have not been seated in this Con- 
ference and are not therefore since Au- 
gust 29, 1939, members of the Conference 
in good standing, being automatically 
disqualified on August 29, 1939, and are 
not qualified to serve as directors of said 
corporation by reason therefore and in 
accord with Article III, Section I (di- 
rectors) of the Code of Regulations of 
the Brethren Publishing Company, 
which reads as follows: 'Number and 
term of office. The business and prop- 
erty of the Company shall be supervised, 
conducted and controlled by the Board 
of Directors, v/hich shall be composed of 
not less than five nor more than eleven 
persons who shall be members of the 
Brethren Conference, in good standing. 
The election of Directors shall take place 
at the annual meeting of the sharehold- 
ers,' and said offices are therefore va- 
Cc.nt." 

Russell D. Barnard, Foye Miller and R. 
Paul Miller came to the National Con- 
ference with credentials that were just 
as good and as valid as those of any 
other member of the Conference. If 
they were not seated because of "dis- 
loyalty" to Ashland College or The Na- 
tional Home Mission Board, then why 
should L. S. Bauman, Alva J. McClain, 
Charles H. Ashman, A. V. Kimmell, W. 
A. Ogden, Frank Coleman, Jr., or any 
other "disloyal" delegate have been 
seated in that Conference? 

There was just one outstanding reason. 
Their own "Resolution" quoted above. 



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tells the story. R. D. Barnard, Foye Mil- 
ler and R. Paul Miller were members of 
the Board of Publication. To get them 
off that Board, would be to have their 
places filled by the henchmen of Ashland 
College. Then, the Ashland College oli- 
garchy would hold sway in the Publish- 
ing Company also, dismiss Mayes as 
Editor of The Brethren Evangelist, and 
Beal as Secretary of Publications, and 
thereby make The Brethren Evangelist 
a mouthpiece for Ashland College and 
The National Homie Mission Board. But, 
to get Barnard, Foye Miller and R. Paul 
Miller off the Board immediately, they 
must be "disqualified" to sit thereon. 

Under the organization of The Breth- 
ren Publishing Company, a man is dis- 
qualified if he is not a member of the 
National Conference of The Brethren 
Church. Two of these men are regular- 
ly ordained ministers of the Brethren 
Churcli, and all three had credentials 
from churches of unquestionable stand- 
ing in the brotherhood of Brethren 
Churches. Their right to sit in the Na- 
tional Conference of The Brethren 
Church under the rules of that Confer- 
ence was absolute. 

As we write, on the desk before us lies 
open "The Rules of The General Con- 
ference of The Brethren Church." We 
quote verbatim: 

"Article 3. Membership. The mem- 
bership of the General Conference shall 
be constituted as follows: 

A. Ministerial Delegates: All regular- 
ly ordained elders of Brethren churches, 
who are in good standing in their local 
church shall be members of this Confer- 
ence ex officio; provided that they bring 
to the Conference properly certified cre- 
dentials from their local churches. 

B. Lay Delegates: Each regularly or- 
ganized congregation of the Brethren 
Church shall be entitled to representa- 
tion by Lay Delegates in the General 
Conference on the basis of one Delegate 
for every fifty members or a fraction 
thereof, and an additional Delegate for 
every additional fifty members or frac- 
tion over twenty-five. All such dele- 
gates, before being admiitted to member- 
ship in the Conference shall present to 
the Standing Committee on Conference 
Membership properly certified creden- 
tials from the congregation which they 
represent." 



These rules were printed on the back 
of every credential used at the last Na- 
tional Conference. No credential was 
presented from any Brethren Church 
that was anything less than a "regularly 
organized congregation of the Brethren 
church." No elder whose credential was 
rejected was anything less than a regu- 
larly ordained elder of a Brethren 
Church in good standing with his local 
church. Russell Barnard and R. Paul 
Miller not only had such credentials 
from their local churches, but they car- 
ried with them their National Ministe- 
rial cards, showing that they are in good 
standing with that Association. Each of 
them now carries with him this year's 
(1939) card, signed during the recent 
"National Conference" by "Dyoll Belote, 
President," and "Willis Ronk, Secre- 
tary." This card reads, "Elder 

is a regularly ordained minister of the 
Brethren Church and is entitled to all 
the privileges of its National ministerial 
Association for one year from date of 
issue." By every possible rule they 
were legal, voting members of this con- 
ference ex officio." Therefore, they were 
not disqualified as members of The Pub- 
lishing Company. 

Have we come to the place where a 
man who carries a card, duly signed, 
showing that he is in "good standing" 
with the National Ministerial Associa- 
tion, is not to be considered of sufficient 
good standing to be eligible as a dele- 
gate to the National Conference of The 
Brethren Church? Think that over! 

But, to get full, even if illegal, control 
of The Brethren Publishing Company, 
these three men were arbitrarily denied 
membership in The National Conference. 
They were charged with "disloyalty," 
but never were they given a trial or a 
chance of defense against such a charge. 
The Ashland College oligarchy does not 
believe in trials. Ask McClain. Ask 
Hoyt. Ask Paul Miller. They can give 
you first-hand information. 

This new "Board," with three mem- 
bers elected to it by an illegally organ- 
ized "National Conference," met and or- 
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News, for which Brethren all over the 
United States have been waiting, finally 
has arrived in our hands. We refer to 
news from Africa telling us as to how 
the war is affecting our work. One of 
the latest we have at hand is dated Sep- 
tember 9th, and is from our Brother Job- 
son, the Superintendent of the work 
there. There is no air mail anymore 
from Africa, due to the war. Also, mail 
is coming very much slower than it did 
before the outbreak of hostilities in Eu- 
rope. Brother Jobson writes: 

"Just one week ago today we got 
word of the general mobilization in 
France and England. Things have mov- 
ed fast, and we have had very little time 
to think. Several months ago we filled 
out mobilization blanks for all the Mis- 
sion autos. Some were notified to report 
in case of mobilization; others were not. 
Those included to report were the Mis- 
sion truck, Sheldon's pickup, and our 
Ford pickup. Later ours was withdrawn 
from the list. Too old, I guess. 

"So, just as soon as mobilization was 
ordered, Brother Sheldon and Brother 
Kliever had to report with their cars. 
Kliever came down to Bozoum last Sun- 
day evening, and Monday took the truck 
to Bouar. Before he left we provided 
him all food stuffs available here, not 
knowing when he would be able to re- 
turn. 

"The following day or so we received 
a telegram through the Administrator, 
saying that Kliever had been put at the 
disposition of the authorities as a truck 
chauffeur. We do not know what this 
means, but we suppose that he will be 
used to help transport soldiers where 



there is a need and that he will even- 
tually return to his station. Before he 
left I told him that if he took the truck 
as far as Bangui he should return to 
Bozoum, if possible. 

"Word came through by porter from 
Bellevue that Brother Sheldon left for 
Bangui Sunday morning to deliver his 
car. Several Europeans went down with 
him. We have no details concerning him, 
but all the indefiniteness surrounding 
Kliever is the same for Sheldon. We 
are praying daily for them both, and 
trust that the Lord will make it possible 
for them to obtain native chauffeurs, if 
this will relieve them. 

"I wired Fosters, and they replied that 
their V-8 was being used locally by the 
Administration when there was a 
need . . . 

"All gas and oil is controlled, and, 
even with those of us who still have our 
cars, traveling is limited and will soon 
be impossible unless there will be an op- 
portunity to get gas. 

"We have very little news of the war 
or actual conditions in Europe. I am 
told that, even though we had a radio 
that worked, (both Morrill's and Tyson's 
are out of fix) we would get very little, 
as there is very little given out over the 
radio. 

"We are going ahead with our work of 
witnessing and preaching, and trusting 
the Lord to provide for us ... I still have 
the Bible School men here with me, and 
as long as food is plentiful here at Bo- 
zoum I will keep them, unless something 
else makes it advisable to send them 
back to their stations. They can witness 
here, but could probably do more were 



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they at their own stations. They are 
content to stay, and are trusting the 
Lord to provide their needs. 

"We have not yet heard whether or 
not the air service continues. However, 
we are sending this air mail in the hopes 
that you will get it soon. It is too early 
to know just what provisions we will be 
able to get, either here or from the 
States or coast. I believe most of the 
missionaries are well provided with all, 
except perhaps flour, for which we have 
been depending on the local stores . . . 

"Let all orders come through while 
we pray that the Lord will bring to us 
what we need. The hams and bacon and 
butter that missed the spring grocery 
order are still at the coast, and no means 
of transportation to get them in. How- 
ever, the Lord knows our need, and we 
are praying that He will supply. 

"We are all well, as far as I know, and 
we trust the Brotherhood will pray that 
we may be kept so, that we may serve 
Him faithfully even though the days 
are hard and trying. The night cometh 
when we will not be able to witness. 

Yours in the BLESSED HOPE, which 
burneth as the apostacy and tribulation 
deepens." 

Pray much for our missionaries in 
Africa. They are going to work under 
a handicap as long as this war lasts, but 
God will give them wisdom. Of course, 
it is expected that the French Govern- 
ment will pay us if they take over our 
automobiles; but, nevertheless, it works 
a great inconvenience for the mission- 
aries at present. Not only do we have a 
problem in forwarding funds to them 
safely just now, but they have a problem 
in getting their goods in from the coast 
to the interior. Yes, pray for Africa. 



The very latest word we have had 
from Mrs. Kennedy, or for that matter, 
from any of our missionaries, is dated 
September 18, 1939. In this letter she 
says: 

"A letter from the administrator, ask- 
ing for a list of food supplies, quantity 
and value; also a list of tools, motor oil, 
etc., has come to me. Due to Jake's ab- 



sence, this letter falls on my shoulders, 
and my head is aching." 

We who passed through the last World 
War know something of what things like 
this mean. Let us pray for our mission- 
aries in Africa during these days of 
world wide strife. It is affecting them, 
naturally, more or less. However, the 
final paragraph of Mrs. Kennedy's letter 
is quite cheering. She says: 

"Crowds are coming to services, and 
many are accepting the Lord as Savior. 
Sunday morning 64 new ones came for- 
ward." 

Difficulties or no difficulties, so long 
as souls are being won and prepared for 
eternal life we are encouraged. That is 
the purpose of the work. So long as the 
purpose is attained, the sacrifices and 
even the sufferings amount to little. 
Only in Heaven will we ever know the 
value of a single soul that we have won 
from the fastnesses of Satan in Africa. 
Black as are their skins, they are being 
fashioned to shine in His beauty in that 
day. When we shall see them, we shall 
be satisfied and thank God for every sac- 
rifice we have made for Africa. 



It has been a long time since we have 
heard from our Sister Myers. Just as 
this material was about to be sent to the 
printer, we received a letter from her 
dated September 18th. Her friends and 
loved ones will be interested in this part 
of the letter. She says: 

"We are very anxious to hear of the 
Conference. We know that God will not 
permit anything but what is for His 
glory. We fully trust Him, for the 
Church is His. We would like to know 
of the victories won. 

"Of course, we would like new mis- 
sionaries — those filled with His Spirit, 
ready to live or die that the Good News 
might go forward. 

"With me, war being on does not make 
any difference to my serving the Lord 
here. I want to remain until I die or am 
called when Jesus comes. There is so 
much to do. 

"I am staying by the translations and 
will rejoice when the New Testament in 



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Karre is ready for the printers. God is 
working in a marvelous way. The Chris- 
tians are praying. The morning services 
on Sunday are well attended. More na- 
tives are learning to read. Even the 
working class want to know how to 
read, and the chief has given them per- 
mission to attend class, especially the 
children." 

Her childhood training in Kentucky 

may prove to be a blessing to Mrs. Shel- 
don in these war days. Under date of 
September 13th she writes: 

"Expect to send this via air if possible. 
They say that the Belgian planes are still 
making their runs. You, of course, have 
heard before we did that Europe is en- 
gaged in a war. At last the fear that 
people have had for months has been 
transferred to the dreaded reality. Sure- 
ly, we can look up and rejoice, for we 
know that His coming surely is nigh. 
Won't that be a blessed day when we are 
called out of the turmoil of this life to 
higher service? 

"Supplies are more or less cut off, es- 
pecially flour, butter, etc. I am begin- 
ning to grind up com and make it into 
bread for one meal a day. Glad I learn- 
ed to like it in my young and tender 
years down in old Kentucky! We won't 
suffer too much, I guess, for we have our 
gardens, some fruit, and some milk from 
our goats. 

"The Lord is blessing marvelously in 
the v/ork, and bringing out so many 
more to hear the Word than just a few 
months back. The same is true at the 
chapels. Many are coming forward and 
confessing the Lord Jesus as Savior. 
Pray with us that many may be saved 
while the time of reaping remains. Soon 
'twill be too late." 

"His first sermon in Sango." Brother 
Jobson writes from Bozoum, under 
date of August 2nd, and says: 

"Well, Brother Taber has preached 
his first sermon in Sango. He came up 
here on the 10th of July and listened to 
us using it; and, with what he already 
had, he was able to make his debut. He 
did very well. This week he has gone 



to Bellevue and Bouca for missionary 
medical examinations and expects to be 
back here to preach on the 6th of this 
month. 

"While here he was a real blessing to 
the Bible School. Of course he sat in on 
all the classes for the practice in hear- 
ing Sango. But he also gave several 
short explanations of the Scriptures un- 
der consideration. The boys enjoyed the 
exhortations he gave in his unusual 
manner." 



Superintendent Jobson writes from Bo- 
zoum, French Equatorial Africa, under 
date of September 9th, and says: 

"We are rejoicing in the Lord for the 
wonderful missionary offering. The 
Church has done well, it is now ours to 
faithfully preach the message of salva- 
tion to the unreached, and strengthen 
the believers for these uncertain days 
before us. 

"There is an increased interest in the 
things of the Lord being manifested all 
through the field. August 27th here at 
Bozoum sixty-two souls rededicated 
their lives to the Lord. The following 
Sunday at Bassai there was an unusually 
large attendance, and some fifty gave 
their bodies to the Lord following our 
message on Romans 12:1-2. 

"The attendance here at Bozoum 
reached the highest in the history of the 
work here last Sunday. At several 
chapels the Lord has been doing a very 
marked work. Two weeks ago at one 
of the Karre chapels, twenty-five souls 
confessed the Lord Jesus for the first 
time, a large number of old folks being 
among them. At the same chapel last 
Sunday a large number rededicated 
their lives to the Lord. 

"Every chapel in Karreland has an 
early morning prayer meeting with at- 
tendances ranging from five to twenty- 
five, and reports come in that the at- 
tendance is increasing at most of them. 
Brother Kliever said there were almost 
3 hundred first and second confessions at 
his last service at Bekoro. 

"What a glorious day it is going to be 
when we are gathered home, and see the 



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thousands of souls that have been led to 
the Saviour through our little Church's 
efforts in Oubangui-Chari. The Lord 
has been gracious to them; it is now al- 
most twenty years since He opened this 
land to the Gospel messengers. May it 
be kept open until that last soul comes 
marching home, and then we will all go 
home together. Hallelujah!" 

Surely, the Lord is doing marvelous 
things in Africa. The Spirit of the living 
God is certainly working in heathen 
lands. This is as we would expect it to 
be as we near the return of our Lord 
and Saviour Jesus Christ. 



Dr. Gribble writes: 

"I am now at Yaloke, during Dr. Ta- 
ber's absence of two m.onths in the vil- 
lages and at Bozoum. Will you kindly 
address all correspondence to Bozoum 
until further notice, as that is our geo- 
graphical center and naturally causes 
less delay about forwarding than if mail 
is sent to any other point. 

From the BeMiller Station at Bekoro, 
French Equatorial Africa, where Broth- 
er and Sister Jake Kliever are holding 
the fort, comes a very interesting letter 
in which they tell us some- 
thing about the method of 
dividing their work up in- 
to circuits, each circuit con- 
taining a number of villag- 
es; and also, the number cf 
those who have confessed 
Christ on these circuits. 

This will be interesting 
reading for all those who 
are interested in the great 
work being done in making 
Christ known in the heart 
of Africa. We quote: 

"Just a word about the 
work. We are happy to be 
at last, as you might say, 
'in the harness,' and it is 
quite a busy time. The 
rains are on, and if it rains 
in the morning the natives hardly leave 
their huts until noon. They are some- 
what like chickens, afraid to get their 
feathers wet, but they have no feathers! 



"I went to the Administrator and the 
Cotonaf, or cotton buying concern of 
this district, and got hold of all the 
available maps. They had made them 
personally from their many trips 
through all this region and have studied 
the field from the standpoint of roads, 
lanes accessible to auto most of the 
year, bush trains, good, bad and other- 
wise. 

"Then, with a view of the placing of 
chapels, I have studied it from the stand- 
point of the number of converts already 
at the various villages, the population, 
the importance of the village, whether 
the chief is a Chefde Canton, or a Cap- 
tain, etc., etc.; and I have arrived at 
some interesting conclusions. 

"I have found the field naturally di- 
vided into seven areas, which I will call 
circuits, and six of them have a road 
that the commercial men travel that 
goes right to the heart of each circuit, 
thus accessible by auto, making it pos- 
sible to take in our supplies and brush 
equipment, making a temporary head- 
quarters of two to three weeks in a cen- 
ter and working the circuit with bike 
or motor bike or push, while the wife or 




A Typical Beginner's Reading Class in the native 
language at Yaloke 



second party (if two ladies go), one may 
stay at the center and build up the work 
through classes, somewhat like we are 
doing on our station right now. 



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"In five of these circuits we have six- 
ty-nine villages. Circuit six and seven 
are of more scattered population, and 
are in a territory harder to reach be- 
cause of the present road setup. 

"The home circuit, or BeMiller circuit, 
going three ways from the Mission, has 
thirteen villages in it, and there are 860 
that have up to date confessed the Lord. 
In the Bedam Circuit there are twelve 
villages and 332 confessions of Christ; in 
the BeNamkor Circuit of eighteen vil- 
lages (new territory) already 481 souls 
have professed; in the BeBaouni Circuit 
of only eight villages, but most of them 
of good size, 530 have confessed; in the 
BeBoura Circuit, in the heart of the 
bush, thirteen villages have 435 souls 
that have professed. Then, there are 
four villages that could be included in 
the BeBaoui Circuit, but that we might 
try to supplj^ v/ith a chapel. There are 
232 in these four villages. If we com- 
bine these four villages with BeBaoui, 
we would have twelve villages with a 
total of 762 confessions to date. 

"For the next ten days we will be 
taking a little rest, as they are hilling 
up the cotton plants and we can't hold 
classes, as they work sun-up until dark. 
After that we will get into high gear 
again. With these circuits we hope to do 
consistent and steady evangelism. 

"We have been working this system in 
the BeMiller Circuit for a few weeks, 
and the results are satisfactory. We are 
having at least one preaching service in 
every village every week. In some vil- 
lages we send two; then the one teaches 
those that have already accepted, and 
the other talks to those that as yet do 
not believe. They don't mind this di- 
viding of the sheep from the goats out 
here to preach to them! 

"Then, on the Station we have been 
trying to occupy, as well as possible, the 
time allotted us. We have two prebap- 
tismal classes, one for men (56 enrolled) 
and one for women (about 100 enrolled) 
and a class for those that have been bap- 
tized, and a class of fifteen that have 
been baptized. These are three times 
weekly. Then, I have a personal work- 



ers' class, training them to become mem- 
bers of the "Seventy group," only there 
are only 24 in this, some of whom are 
getting the urge to become evangelists; 
and a class for would-be evangelists of 
four members that I teach daily. Then, 
we have eleven classes of the education- 
al nature, six classes of these eleven are 
for boys and men, teaching them to read 
(131 enrolled) and one class of thirty- 
three, teaching men to write. Then 
there are three classes for women and 
girls, two two-hour classes teaching 
Bible stories, reading and writing, with 
forty-six enrolled, and one class of one 
hour, the yhaving been in on the Bible 
story hour. There are 54 enrolled in this 
class. 

"This keeps Mrs. Kennedy, Freda, two 
native teachers and two helpers and my- 
self somewhat occupied. Then, to fill in 
the rest of the time I try to get the 
buildings into respectable shape, and the 
orchards, etc., etc. 

"We have heard rumors that a Board 
member is coming. We will certainly be 
glad to see someone that will be able to 
see first-handed, as one just cannot see 
through the eyes of another things that 
are really here." 



We stand corrected. Apparently the 
Editor himself would not have had a 
perfect score in answering the very 
questions he asked. However, the cor- 
rection here made would not have 
changed the result in our first "Mission- 
ary Contest. ' Miss Mabel Crawford 
writes: 

"I had best set you right on a matter 
which seems a bit confused in your 
mind. In the answers to your first con- 
test I note that I am supposed to be 
teaching French in the Central Bible 
School at Bozoum. I'm sorry, but that 
is not the case. Apparently you are 
confused by two uses of the word 'Cen- 
tral.' The Central Bible School and the 
Central French School are two distinct 
and separate organizations having no 
slightest connection. The Bible School 
is at Bozoum and the French School at 
(Continued on page 25) 



January, 1940 



17 



The Gospel is Preached 
at Bocaranga 

By Orville D. Johson 



Northwest of Bozoum on the au- 
tomobile road to Baibokoum, there 
is a comparatively new Government 
Poste, called Bocaranga. It was 
opened about 1930 to govern thirty- 
five thousand people who live in the 
Pana Mountains. There are four 
tribes in the district, Pana, Karre, 
M'Boum, and Baya. The first three 
groups form ninety percent of the 
population, and they all speak the 
same language as the Karre served 
by our Bassai Station. Several of 
the Bassai missionaries have made 
one or two preaching trips through 
parts of this district, but there has 
been no definite evangelization done 
in these parts. The evangelization 
of these people has been one of our 
burdens in prayer for a long time, 
but we have, never been able to 
spare missionaries or native work- 
ers to begin the work there. 

Last year when we came to Bo- 
zoum to open our Central Bible 
School, we moved 20 miles closer to 
these people, than when we lived at 
Bassai, Bocaranga being now only 
80 instead of 100 miles away. The 
Lord laid the burden of Bocaranga 
upon the hearts of the believers at 
Bozoum in a new way, and before 
the year was over we were so greatly 
burdened that we made the opening 
of a work there the object of our 
White Gift Offering at Christmas 



time. The church responded whole- 
heartedly, and besides the monthly 
offering, gave about ninety francs 
toward getting a work started there, 
and we made the choice of a worker 
a matter of prayer. In the mean- 
time, Noel Gaiwaka, our native pas- 
tor at Bozoum made a trip to Bocar- 
anga to spy out the land. He had a 
great reception. After spending 
several days with the people at the 
town he gave what he thought 
would be his farewell message to 
them. But when he was ready to 
leave, they untied his blanket and 
clothes from the bicycle and per- 
suaded him to spend another night 
with them. He returned to Bozoum 
all "enthused" about opening a new 
work at once. 

After definite prayer, the Lord 
led us to choose Etienne Kaindji, a 
3^oung Karre man, who was married 
in the Bassai Church last Easter 
morning. His first work for the 
Lord was done here at Bozoum. As 
a young man he assisted in the 
preaching at nearby villages. He 
has a burden for souls and sufficient 
knowledge of the Scriptures to make 
plain the way of salvation. He has 
been faithful to the Lord many 
years and we believe he will lean 
hard on the Lord for the grace that 
such a new work demands. 

In February, we were ready to 



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move Etienne and Alice to Bocaran- 
ga. We had a farewell service and 
shower one evening in the Bozoum 
Church. The people showed their 
appreciation of Etienne's five years 
of service at Bozoum, as well as 
their confidence in him to undertake 
the new work, by bringing many 
small gifts for him and his wife. The 
service was Spirit-filled. The sing- 
ing led by Brother Kliever and the 
message of Etienne, Alice and Noel 
all struck home to our hearts. It 
was a blessed evening. 

The next day. Brother Kliever 
and I, with Etienne, Alice and Noel, 
our camp equipment, and Etienne's 
few pieces of baggage, (fifty per 
cent of which were the things that 
had been given him the night be- 
fore) all piled into our 1931 Ford 
pickup and drove the eight miles 
to Bocaranga. We chose and cleared 
a sight for Etienne's house and fu- 
ture Chapel, made a suitable road 
to the place, and on the afternoon of 
the tenth day of February, Etienne 
preached his first gospel message to 
the people he had come to serve. 
Several days later, our Brother 
Kliever and I, after making a trip to 
Baibokoum, met with our young 
worker in a native hut and commit- 
ted him to the Lord's care, and then 
returned to our work at Bozoum, 

Good reports of Etienne's work 
have been brought to us from sev- 
eral sources. "The attendance has 
grown to about five hundred on a 
Sunday morning, and the week day 
services, morning and evening, are 
attended by many," "The Lord has 
been convicting of sin," such were 
some of the reports. 



Then, four months later I went 
to Bocaranga again. Our young 
worker was happy in his work, and 
I found all the reports true. At the 
first service I attended, the people 
sang several songs very well. Some 
of them were, "There Is Power in 
the Blood," "Only Trust Him," and, 
"Majestic Sweetness Sits Enthron- 
ed." I had several services with 
them, expounding again the way of 




Etienne Kaindji and Alice Madal 

Native Workers at Bocaranga 

salvation. Up to this time, no invi- 
tations had been given, but feeling 
that the time was ripe, I gave an op- 
portunity for all those who wanted 
to accept the Lord Jesus as their 
personal Saviour to come forward. 
Forty came and kneeled on the 
ground near us: women, boys, and 
girls. The four months of teaching, 
morning and evening, had given the 
Word time to sinlc into their hearts, 
and with a clear understanding of 
(Continued on page 19) 



January, 1940 



19 



Wanted: 



One Missionary Washing Machine 



Here is a real need. The mission- 
aries' home in Ashland is in need of 
a good washing machine. Brother 
and Sister Curtis Morrill will be 
domiciled there this winter, and 
they inform us that this is a real 
need. Who will supply this need? 
Perhaps someone has a second-hand 
machine that is still a very good ma- 
chine. If such a person lives in the 
neighborhood of Ashland, they will 
make a real contribution to the 
Lord's work and to our faithful 
missionaries by taking this machine 
over to the home and depositing it 
there. Anyone who will make this 
contribution, kindly inform the edi- 
tor at his office, 1925 E. Fifth St., 
Long Beach, California. 

At this writing, Brother and Sis- 
ter Morrill are still in California, 
but they are leaving on December 
4th for Ashland where they expect 
to be for the next few months. They 
are very anxious about the war sit- 
uation; for when their furlough 
year is through they want to be 
back on the field, if possible. Their 
hearts are in Africa. 

It was the earnest desire of the 
Board of the Field Council that they 
should spend several months in 
France, rounding into better shape 
their conversational French. Will 
those who know how to pray ask the 
Lord to open some way for them to 
get into France, in spite of the war 
situation, and get this preparation? 



They are badly needed back on the 
field. 

While it is true that great mis- 
sionary societies seem to be unable 
to get a missionary into the French 
territory in Africa at the present 
time, yet we still believe that God is 
able and will undertake when 
Brother and Sister Morrill are 
ready. 

Now, don't forget that washing 
machine! Well infornned folks know 
that Brother and Sister Morrill are 
going to need that machine during 
the next jew unonths! 



THE GOSPEL IS PREACHED AT 
BOCARANGA 

(Continued from Page 18) 
the step they were taking, they ac- 
cepted their Lord. It was a blessed 
sight — Etienne was very happy, — 
and why not? Here was his first 
fruit for the Lord. After the service 
was over the inquirers remained, 
and Noel, our Bozoum pastor, who 
had accompanied me, spoke to them, 
urging "them to continue in the 
grace of God." After prayer and 
exhortation, we "commended them 
to the Lord on Whom they had be- 
lieved" and returned to Bozoum. 

The work there has gotten off to 
a good start, and we praise the Lord 
for making it possible for us to reach 
another field that has been without 
the Gospel. Will you not pray for 
Etienne and Alice, that they may be 
fruitful witnessesi for the Lord in 
that new field? 



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Toward Armageddon 1939 || 



•{•^ ^^ ^^ 

11 Thud, thud! Thud! thud! tt 

Jl Myriads of heavy feet pound and shuffle in the dust ; ** 

I* Myriads of war-plagued men, ** 

II Jaded soldiers, haggard-eyed, heavy laden shoulders II 

II sagging, II 

II Marching to the wars again. %% 

%% Endless miles and endless marching, through the rain ^^ 

II And through the mud; || 

ft On the road again to ruin, marching with their cease- ** 

** less ** 

II Thud, thud! Thud, thud! II 

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II Thud, thud! Thud, thud! || 

II Heavy boots upon the highway pass the shattered || 

II wayside trees; ** 

If Hurry through the shell-wracked town; II 

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II Past the gaunt uprearing ruins, cottage, market place || 

II and mansion, || 

II Windows staring blindly down. || 

II Plodding feet in straggling columns, trudging over || 

ti war-torn ground, ** 

I* Lately drenched with crimson blood, II 

II Toward the futile Armageddon; marching with their || 

tt endless ft 

II Thud, thud! Thud, thud! II 

II II 

II —Ralph Mitchell Crosby. || 

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BOUCA NEWS FLASHES 

Mrs. J. H. Foster, Bouca, French Equatorial Africa 



"The Lord is good, a strong hold 
in the day of trouble; and He know- 
eth them that trust in Him." Along 
with this well known verse of Na- 
lium 1:7, we can couple one verse 
of a well known Hymn, and thus be 
strengthened in the Lord in the hour 
of trial. 



and in a few days his spirit departed 
to be with Christ, leaving his wife 
and two small children in the hands 
of a cruel world. It all happened 
so quickly that we did not know 
v/hether he died a natural death, or 
whether he had been poisoned. 
In a few days the sister of our 







Hat Makers in Action 

(Mrs. Foster in background) 



"Tho' the sky be dark and drear, 
Fierce and strong the gale, 
Just remember He is near, 
And He will not fail." 

August, the rainiest month of the 
year, brought real sorrow to some 
of our native Christians. The be- 
ginning of the month rumors reach- 
ed us, that much sickness was kill- 
ing many of the people in some of 
the bush villages. Then the same 
sickness broke out along the auto 
road between Bouca and Bossongoa. 
Before we fully realized that an 
epidemic was upon us, one of our 
working men became very, very ill; 



native pastor died on the road while 
she was returning to her village, 
after a visit to the station. Soon 
we heard of others, who were being 
called away very suddenly. 

By this time the doctor from Ba- 
tangafo had arrived at Bouca, and 
with the Agent Sanitaire was mak- 
ing investigations, trying to deter- 
mine the nature of the sickness that 
was causing so many deaths. Even 
1 hough they examined the patients 
carefully, they finally said they did 
not know what to call it. They only 
knew it was some kind of flu. 



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THE KING COMES 



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;♦; Today I heard a king's voice speaking, 

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Through magic of the radio, ;o; 

'0 With blare of trumpets, and drums heating — j| 

;« The pomp that only kings may know. '^ 

;o; And cheering multitudes to give him ^ 

§ The honor that is hut his due. :o; 

!^! Yet in my heart a wistful longing § 

j>: As I wondered if he knew, !*i 

'•p. If he knew a day is coming ;o; 

§ When his ears shall hear the loords, jee 

!^i "Every knee must how hefore Me, ^ 

;<>; King of kings, and Lord of Lords!" 'd 

$, i 

:0: And I hreathed a prayer for monarchs, 3>; 

^ ■ I, so humhle and unknown, .■> % 

:<| "Touch and teach that king, and make him '^ 

p. Thy servant, Lord, upon his throne!" U 

i$i — Martha Snell Nicholson. 1$: 

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s>: :« 

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The Agent Sanitaire called at the gymnastics that always accompany 

Mission and examined all the peo- heathen deaths. The Lord truly is 

pie, and found quite a few who a "Strong hold in the day of trou- 

v/ere ill, but none serious. How- Lie, and He knoweth them that 

ever he ordered all of them to the trust in Him." Pray for the little 

dispensary for injections. When ones that are left in both families, 

they v/ere returning, the wife of as well as the others, 
another one of the working men Our News Letter is rather brief 

died on the path. We praise the this month; because of conditions 

Lord that she had received Him as existing at the present time, because 

her Saviour, and thus was ushered war is a terrible thing and brings 

into His presence. Her husband and sorrow to so many hearts. Families 

two children mourn her departure, ai'e separated, not knowing whether 

A few days later another woman they will ever see each other again, 

died on the concession. Thus there Pray for us that we may have wis- 

were three new graves in eight days, dom from on high, and do nothing 

We praise the Lord for the peace but good to all whom we meet and 

that has come to the surviving mem- have an opportunity to serve. Pray 

bers of the families. There was not much! Pray much! We cannot say 

the usual wailing, mourning and more. 



January, 1940 




OUR PRAYER BAND 



Letter from Miss Mary Emmert 
Prayer Band Friends, 

This time I wish to tell you of a 
certain man — perhaps a native of 
Africa — who found some bones 
bleaching in the sun. Nearby were 
a few torn remnants of clothing. 
In turning these latter over curious- 
ly, the man found a gun and a belt 
of cartridges. But never having 
seen a white man, he knew nothing 
v\^hatever about a gun. 

''Doubtless this is the white man's 
fetish," he said. "I shall take it 
home and put it in my house. It 
shall be my god. I'm sure it will 
keep me." 

For a year the gun stood in the 
hut. It was much admired. Some- 
tim.es, he took it down and cleaned 
it, but oftener it merely stood there. 
But he believed in it sincerely. He 
said it was a very powerful god. 

Then came a famine. The crops 
had failed. Wild animals came drift- 
ing by, hunting for greener pas- 
tures. "If I could only kill one of 
them," thought the man, "we would 
not be starving to death." But he 
and his family continued to go 
hungry. People all around were 
dying for want of food. 

One day a stranger came by and 



asked for a drink of water. "Water 
is all we have to offer you," said 
the man sadly. 

"Why do you not use your gun?" 
asked the stranger pointing to the 
silent weapon in the corner. 

"My what? Oh, you mean my 
fetish. I do use it. It keeps me 
from all harm. It is very power- 
ful medicine." 

"I should think it was," replied 
the guest smiling, "but I see that 
you do not know how to use it. 
Come, let us bring it out in the 
open and set it to work." 

The owner was a little dubious 
as to the propriety of using it any- 
v/here but in the house whre it had 
stood so long, but he finally con- 
sented. They went into the grass 
country where they found a herd 
of buffalo. "You will hear your god 
speak today," said the stranger as 
he fired into the herd. 

The man almost lost his swarthy 
color as he heard the report and 
saw the smoke. "He surely does 
speak loud when he wants to, doesn't 
he?" he asked in a quavering voice. 

"Yes, he answers with fire. But 
did you see what he did?" For the 
first time, the man saw the fallen 
buffalo. His astonishment cut off 



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all words for a moment. Finally, he 
managed, "To think I had a power 
like that in my hands all this time 
and I did not know it! But how 
does it work?" 

"I do not know too much myself 
how it really works," answered his 
fellow-countryman. "All I know is 
?iow to use it. I learned when I 
was with the white man. Come, all 
you need to do is to load the gun 
and point the right way." 

The story ends here. Please al- 
low me to add the interpretation, 
as I should not want to talk in 
strange words without an interpre- 



tation. 

The man is not necessarily an 
African. Such ignorance is not con- 
fined to any one race. Yes, he may 
be even you or — even I. Prayer 
is a mighty power which we have 
in our hands. Do we hold it up 
as a fetish, a power to keep us and 
our families? Let us get it out in 
the open and learn how to use it. 
There is big game at hand. We 
shall find food for our souls and 
for the dying multitudes around us. 

Please pray with us for a revival. 
Yours in Him, Mary L. Emmert. 
Yaloke July 24, 1939. 



War Dashes Hopes And Changes Plans 



By John W. Hathaway 



Since the signing of the declara- 
tion of war on the third of Sep- 
tember by England and France we 
have been asking ourselves the ques- 
tion, "How will the war affect our 
mission work?" From the outbreak 
of this terrible conflict we felt that 
our house-car evangelization pro- 
gram especially was in great dan- 
ger of being frustrated. We have, 
therefore, been gathering informa- 
tion for the past several weeks; 
and though our information is not 
yet complete, we are now ready to 
pass on to you Brethren that have 
been anxiously following us in 
prayer, several discouraging effects 
of the war on our plans for reach- 
ing the lost of Africa. 

First, we will not be able to launch 
our house-car evangelization pro- 
gram at once, as we had hoped. The 
reason is twofold. In the first place, 



word just comes to us from the field 
that our present auto trucks and 
station wagons have been drafted 
into transport service by the war 
department. Should we take the 
house-car out it would of course 
meet the same fate. In the second 
place, the purchase of gasoline for 
ordinary purposes is now impossible. 
At the outbreak of the war there 
was quick action of course to make 
everything ready for any emergency. 
This may ease up soon if it is seen 
that Germany is to prosecute the 
war without help. Unless another 
nation should join her the possibil- 
ity of an attack on the colonies is 
almost null. We are not giving up 
the house-car evangelization work, 
but are forced to postpone it until 
conditions change. 

The second effect of the war on 
our work is the difficulty in getting 



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to the field. The U. S. government 
will not permit us to travel to 
Europe or in waters adjacent to 
Europe in getting to our field; neith- 
er will it permit travel on vessels 




of belligerent nations, which means 
that we must secure passage on a 
boat from the shores of the U. S. 
direct to the west coast of Africa, 
and there are none. There is a 
possibility of one of the boat com- 
panies touching at the west coast 
on its way to south Africa, but noth- 
ing certain as yet. There is room 
for prayer. One other route through 
Egypt, down the Nile, and overland, 
has been suggested by the U. S. 
government, but it would be very 
expensive and shortage of gasoline 
might check us at the other end. 
The African end of our travel is a 
big question even though the ocean 
travel opens up. We expect to 
gather information as to possibilities 
of inland Africa travel at once. 

Other wartime measures might 
hinder us in getting a U. S. pass- 
port and French visa and thus delay 
our sailing, but we only mention 
them at this time without going into 
detail, so that you can pray with us. 
Our conclusions then are — 
First. The house-car evangeliza- 
tion must be postponed but not 



abandoned. All preparation pos- 
sible will be made now so that 
when war conditions permit, the 
house-car evangelization program 
can be started at once. Should it 
be possible to go in to help in the 
other work while awaiting the 
house-car evangelization to open up, 
equipment for the house-car that 
could be used to good advantage in 
the other work will be taken with 
us and put to work, and then trans- 
ferred to the house-car evangeliza- 
tion work as soon as conditions 
change or the war closes. 

Second. Difficulties caused by 
the present war conditions will be 
many and the work for all mis- 
sionaries will be more trying be- 
cause of it, and humanly speaking 
with less results; but from God's 
point of view, when we are weak 
then are we strong. He delights 
in working when all things are 
contrary; therefore, let us get on our 
lace in prayer and acknowledge our 
weakness in the face of such diffi- 
culties, and implore the mighty work 
of His Spirit for the salvation of 
souls. 



GLEANINGS FROM MISSIONARY 
LETTERS 

(Continued frona Page 16) 
Bassai. The Bible School is for mar- 
ried men, the French School for chil- 
dren from 10 to 14 years of age." 



Busy as bees in Argentina. Our For- 
eign Missionary Society doesn't possess 
two more faithful missionaries than our 
Brother and Sister Ricardo Wagner of 
Almafuerte, Argentina. Mrs. Wagner 
was formerly Laura Larson of Manteca, 
California. A letter dated October 25th 
was just received by the Editor. From 
it we quote: 

"We are entering in upon the busiest 



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ozoum 



9 £~\, £_-«. r . 



Mrs. Orville D. Johson, August 28, 1939 



Several months ago we found that 
the mud Chapel was too small to 
accommodate the people and it was 
decided to have the chapel enlarged. 
This was done, but last Lord's Day 
Noel our faithful evangelist inform- 
ed us upon our return from a visit 
to the Paoua Chapel, that the crowd 
was the largest he had ever seen 
at Bozoum and that many had to 
remain on the outside and did not 
get much of the message, so we have 
decided to start a children's church 
in one of our class rooms which 
will meet the emergency for the 
pesent. 

This morning our hearts were 
again stirred when the message was 
given on the wonderful verse of 
Romans 12:1, and at the close of the 
service, Mr. Jobson asked all those 



who wanted to give their bodies 
a living sacrifice to the Lord to 
stand and express their desire to 
do this. The Holy Spirit took this 
message and burned it into the 
hearts of sixty-two men and women 
who like Caleb of old stated their 
desire to "Wholly follow the Lord." 
Won't you pray with us that the 
Spirit may visit us with a .mighty 
revival and that many more may 
come to know the Lord in all his 
fullness. 

The Lord has been pouring out 
rich blessings daily here at Bozoum 
and we do praise Him. Many dear 
ones at the home base are so faith- 
lully holding the ropes as we con- 
tinue to proclaim this blessed story 
of Jesus and his power to save, and 
we do want to share some of these 
answers to prayer with you. 



time of the year. Humanly speaking, 1 
don't see how we are going to be able to 
accomplish all that is on the program 
for the next few months. We will cer- 
tainly need the guidance of the Holy 
Spirit to be able to really 'redeem the 
time.' 

"Next Sunday we are hoping to have 
baptisms and the Lord's Supper and 
Communion here in Almafuerte. There 
are two candidates for baptism here, and 
we expect to bring in some of the others 
from the other towns. We liave quite a 
long list of candidates altogether, but 
there will have to be some weddings be- 
fore some of them can be baptized. 

"It is astonishing the number who 
have avoided the civil marriage cere- 
mony. One poor woman can't get the 
consent of her husband to get married, 



so will have to wait until the Lord touch- 
es his heart. We have a number of chil- 
dren on the list, too, and they will have 
to wait a little longer, at least. I feel 
badly about these, for I am not sure that 
we are treating them quite right. 

"There is a very strong sentiment in 
this country (that is, amongst protest- 
ants) against baptizing children. Wheth- 
er it is merely the swing of the pendu- 
lum to the opposite of infant baptism as 
practiced in the Catholic Church, or 
whether it is because of the little knowl- 
edge of Biblical truths on the part of 
most children I do not know. I have 
been thinking of working out some kind 
of plan of special instruction for those 
children on the order of a catechism. 
Do you know of any worked out from 
(Continued on Page 31) 



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issionary items 



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Miss Grace Byron is spending the win- 
ter in California. She is a guest in the 
home of the Secretary-Treasurer. Miss 
Byron is struggling to get rid of malarial 
germs that she carried home with her 
from Africa. She has been at Mayo 
Brothers, and her case is well defined. 
She is in very competent hands in Long 
Beach. At the present time she is in a 
private sanatorium taking special treat- 
ments. Pray for her that she may be 
well and strong by the time she can find 
a waj^ to return to the field. She is one 
of our most faithful, patient, devoted 
missionaries. 



Elder and Mrs. John W. Hathaway 

have returned to California to spend the 
winter with their loved ones here. 
Brother and Sister Hathaway are duo to 
return to Africa just as soon as a way 
across the seas can be found. At the 
present time, the largest, most influen- 
tial missionary boards in the world are 
unable to find a way whereby they can 
return missionaries to French Equatorial 
Africa. "We need to pray much about 
this. 

Brother Hathaway is badly needed 
over there. He and Mrs. Hathaway will 
be returning just as soon as the Lord 
opens the way across the great sea. This 
war has certainly unsettled things upon 
the sea. 

Elder and Mrs. Curtis G. Morrill, as 

we write these notes, are enroute to Ash- 
land, Ohio, where they will spend the 
winter in Bethany Home. There will be 
some very interesting news from Beth- 
any Home later on. Let us pray that the 
Lord may be with them and renew their 
strength for the service ahead in Af- 
rica, if He shall tarry. They have been 
doing royal service in deputation work. 
It is agreed that Brother and Sister Mor- 
rill are among our best deputation 
workers. 



Eder Charles F. Yoder has accepted a 
call to the pastorate of the First Breth- 
ren Church of Ashland, Ohio, usually 
known as Park Street Church on Col- 
lege Hill. We understand that Dean 
Willis E. Ronk has resigned from that 
pastorate. In a letter to the Editor, 
Brother Yoder says: 

"I have accepted a call, which I feel 
to be of the Lord, to labor awhile at 
Ashland and hope that I may be of some 
help in the very difficult task of making 
the church and college models of Chris- 
tian teaching and spirit. In this I hope 
I may have the prayers of all who call 
themselves Brethren." Brother Yoder 
will certainly have our prayers for that 
task. May God bless his every effort. He 
says in his letter that he "will probably 
not be returning to South America until 
after our coming Conference." 



A RESTATEMENT 

(Continued from Page 11) 

dered Mayes and Beal to vacate. Beal 
and Mayes, who were still under con- 
tract, refused to vacate by the order of 
an illegally elected Board of Directors. 
Thereupon, by the process of an injunc- 
tion issued by a local Ashland judge, 
Beal and Mayes were compelled to turn 
over the keys of office to Ronk, DeLozier 
and Mason. The story of the outcome 
of this action against Beal and Mayes we 
must leave for others to tell, if they care 
to do so. It is interesting. Evidently, 
there are still judges with some sense of 
justice, even in the city of Ashland. 

Now, the Board of Trustees of The 
Foreign Missionary Society, meeting at 
Winona Lake during the week preceding 
the National Conference, having been 
forewarned of the things that were go- 
ing on in the secret meetings of the Ash- 
land College Group (sometimes known 
as the "Loyalty Group") anticipated 
what would happen at the Conference 



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with regard to our publishing interests. 
Therefore, said Board of Trustees of The 
Foreign Missionary Society of The 
Brethren Church passed the following 
motion, which we quote verbatim from 
the Minutes: 

"A motion prevailed that, if the Breth- 
ren Publication Board shell not support 
the continuation of the present person- 
nel (Secretary of Publications and the 
Editor of The Brethren Evangelist), 
then, at such time as the President, the 
Secretary-Treasurer and the Candidate 
Secretary shall determine. The Foreign 
Missionary Society of The Brethren 
Church shall cease to be a party to the 
merger, its electives to said Board shall 
withdraw from the Publication Board, 
and the above mentioned officei's of our 
Society shall arrange for the publication 
once again of our former magazine, 
namely: 'The Brethren Missionary'; or, 
for a merger with some other magazine 
as said officers shall deem best, until 
such time as at the regular Annual Meet- 
ing of the Board other arrangements 
may be effected. Should any steps be 
successfully taken by any one to deprive 
any share holders of their rights, then 
this action shall immediately follow:" 

It is to be remembered that The For- 
eign Missionary Society several years 
ago published its own magazine, known 
as "The Brethren Missionary." The fi- 
nancial situation of our publishing in- 
terests was desperate. The situation 
was made known at the National Con- 
ference. The Foreign Board, the Na- 
tional Home Mission Board and The Wo- 
man's Missionary Society were all re- 
quested to give up their separate publi- 
cations and enter a merger, each taking 
one issue a month of The Brethren Evan- 
gelist for its own use. In a way, this 
subsidized The Brethren Publishing 
Company. The Foreign Missionary 
Board agreed to give up its magazine, 
taking over the first issue each month 
of The Brethren Evangelist, reserving 
full control over the editorship of that 
issue. The Foreign Board now feels that 
it cannot, under the circumstances, ac- 
cept the action of an illegally organized 
National Conference which, by its own 
action, placed the Brethren Publishing 
Company in the hands of the oligarchy 
that seeks to make the entire Brethren 



Church subservient to Ashland College 
and to the National Home Mission Board. 
As the resolution of the Foreign Board 
sets forth, the President, the Secretary- 
Treasurer, and the Candidate Secretary'' 
of The Foreign Missionary Society have 
been authorized to withdraw from the 
merger and publish our magazine 
wherever we can do so to the best ad- 
vantage. 

The Secretary-Treasurer, however, 
who is also the editor of the Foreign 
Missionary magazine, has always been 
loathe to permit our denominational 
troubles to disrupt the foreign work. 
Both sides to the present controversy 
in the Brethren Church have been sup- 
porting our foreign missionaries. We 
do not know that either side has any 
quarrel with them. Therefore, we have 
honestly tried to make the Foreign Mis- 
sionary Society represent the entire 
Brethren Church, without regard to l}:e 
controversy. Because of this, the Secre- 
tary-Treasurer was not minded to hur- 
ry matters even though Beal and Mayes 
had been dismissed by those who had 
used methods to attain their ends that 
would certainly never be approved by 
any just court in the land. The Secre- 
tary-Treasurer and Editor consulted 
with his associates named in the matter 
as having power to act; and it was de- 
cided that we would continue temporar- 
ily, at least, to publish our magazine as 
the first issue each month of The Breth- 
ren Evangelist. 

Accordingly, we arranged our copy; 
and, en route home from the east, we 
stopped at Ashland and left our copy at 
the office. Farther on west, we stopped 
again at Winona Lake, Indiana, where 
our attention was first called to the fact 
that our name as editor and the name of 
The Foreign Missionary Society itself 
had been dropped from the roll of those 
on the editorial staff. This staff was set 
forth in standing type on the inside of 
the front cover. There, from the begin- 
ning of the merger, our name as the edi- 
tor of the Foreign Missionary number, 
had always appeared. We noted that 
the name of "Claude Studebaker, Editor 



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for the Missionary Board of The Breth- 
ren Church" alone appeared there. Thus, 
The Foreign Missionary Society had 
been set out of the picture without our 
consent or knowledge. It's rather sur- 
prising; but, in view of the determina- 
tion of the Ashland College oligarchy to 
take control of things, by fair means or 
foul, we should not have been surprised. 

It was noted in this standing matter 
also, that the new Prudential Committee 
for the Brethren Publishing Company, 
was constituted as follows: "W. E. Ronk, 
President; A. L. DeLozier, Treasurer; E. 
G. Mason." That is: W. E. Ronk, Dean 
of Ashland College Seminary; Prof. De- 
Lozier, Teacher of Foreign Languages in 
Ashland College; E, G. Mason, President 
of Ashland College. Apparently, The 
Brethren Evangelist is to become the 
organ of Ashland College, rather than 
of the sovereign Brethren Churches of 
these United States. 

We also noted on this same page, un- 
der the caption, "The Family Altar," the 
family altar meditation for 

"Monday 

SIDE TRACKED MINDS 

"Neither give heed to fables." Read 
I Tim. 1:1-7. 

"Any one who scans the contemporary 
Christian scene about him in our day 
cannot help having observed that the 
train of religious thought tends constant- 
ly to run onto side tracks which even- 
tually lead to dead-ends. Was ever such 
a vogue of religious cults, and isms, and 
ologies, and specialties prevalent in the 
history of mankind before? Angelolo- 
gy, pyramidology, demonology, numer- 
ology, millennialism, fundamentalism, 
spiritualism, modernism, speaking with 
tongues, healing, the occult teaching of 
Theosophy and Yogism— these and 
others too numerous to mention — have 
side-tracked the devotions of erstwhile 
pious folk. 

"Unwillingly or knowingly, all who 
have boarded these curious thought- 
trains will be eventually diverted from 
the main line of the great Gospel of 
simplicities and essentials. That danger 
was real and present in Paul's day. Is it 
any less so in ours?" 

To think that a "meditation" like that 
should appear in The Brethren Evangel- 
ist for meditation at the family altars of 
Brethren people! We do not mind so 



much being attacked for our personal 
sins. We may richly deserve censure. 
Bvit when it comes to attacking the most 
precious things in our faith — referring 
to them as but a part of dangerous "re- 
ligious cults" — ."curious thought trains," 
— there we call a halt. We will walk 
with such no more. Loyalty to Jesus 
Christ is more infinitely precious to the 
writer than any loyalty to any College, 
Mission Board, or any other institution 
of men. 

Imagine "Millennialism, fundamental- 
ism . . . and healing" being classed with 
"demonology"! 

"Millennialism," says Webster, "is a 
belief in the millennium." "Specif., the 
thousand years mentioned in Rev. XX, 
during which time holiness is to be tri- 
umphant. Some believe that during 
this period, Christ shall reign on earth." 

"Fundamentalism," says Webster, is 
"A recent movement in American Prot- 
estantism in opposition to modernistic 
tendencies, re-emphasizing as fundamen- 
tal to Christianity the inerrancy of the 
Scriptures, Biblical miracles, especially 
the virgin birth and physical resurrec- 
tion of Christ, and substitutional atone- 
ment." 

"Healing" is a belief that in answer to 
the prayer of faith, and with the anoint- 
ing of oil, our Lord is pleased to bless 
and heal the bodies of His saints, as it is 
taught in the 5th chapter of James. This 
has been a precious part of the faith of 
Brethren people from their earliest his- 
tory. 

We knew that certain writers in the 
Ashland College Group had been for a 
long time belittling "millennialism." 
Past numbers of The Brethren Evangelist 
can be had in evidence. We knew also 
that, while loudly professing "funda- 
mentalism," yet grave suspicion sur- 
rounded most of the professors in Ash- 
land College as to any great love on 
their part for "fundamentalism." But 
we did not know that "healing" was also 
anathema to some. (We are glad to 
know that Prof. Mason, the President of 
the College, recently expressed his faith 
in healing in no uncertain terms.) 



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Anyhow, when we found these three 
doctrines, so precious to us, classed with 
"demonology," "spiritualism," "modern- 
ism," "Theosophy," and Hindu "Yogism," 
we will confess that our indignation was 
not below normal. And the fact that 
this should be sent out through the col- 
umns of The Brethren Evangelist to be- 
come subject matter to be used in Breth- 
ren homes when tlie family kneels at its 
altars to pray, didn't lower our tempera- 
ture any! 

We have since tried to make ourselves 
believe that that meditation could not 
have been written by any one of the edi- 
tors. However, since no one's name is 
given to these "Family Altar" medita- 
tions, we do not want to accuse anyone 
of plagiarism. Moreover the subject 
matter itself simply glares out at the 
reader when he opens the paper. And 
then, some one must have proof-read it. 
As matters stand, the Dean of Ashland 
Seminary, "President of The Brethren 
Publishing Company," and responsible 
under the present set-up as editor of 
The Brethren Evang-elist, may desire to 
explain. We sincerely hope he was not 
responsible. 

Now, to The Foreign Missionary So- 
ciety of The Brethren Churches of the 
United States, together with the church- 
es that largely support it, together with 
every single missionary on its list, mii- 
lennialism, fundamentalism, and healing 
are matters of precious faith. It is ut- 
terly impossible for us to get the con- 
sent of our minds to allow "meditations" 
such as those to which we are referring, 
as well as some other teachings that we 
have seen recently in The Brethren 
Evang-elist, go forth in a magazine sup- 
posedly representative of our Society. 
We need money to carry on our work. 
But, in all sincerity, people who do not 
believe in millennialism and fundamen- 
talism should not be giving their money 
to The Foreign Missionary Society of 
The Brethren Church. We don't need it! 

We therefore decided that, out of loy- 
alty to the rank and file of the members 
of The Foreign Missionary Society, so 
long as the present illegal set-up of The 



Brethren Publishing Company continues, 
for the several reasons we have now 
fully explained, we must sever our rela- 
tions with it. This decision may have 
come a bit late at that, for evidently, 
they had already severed us from the in- 
stitution and its editorial staff. 

Moreover, we have just received the 
new Brethren Annual, published as one 
of the numbers of The Brethren Evan- 
gelist. We not that the Secretary of the 
National Conference, who, we presume, 
is responsible for this arrangement of 
this Annual, has left out the entire or- 
ganization of the Southern California 
District of Brethren Churches. All 
other Districts are there in place. This 
was either intentional, or maybe it was 
just another "mistake." Anyway, it 
looks as if the Southern California Dis- 
trict has been ex-communicated! Are 
we no longer a part of the Brethren 
Church? If so, who "ex-communicated" 
us, and from WHAT? And, where were 
we tried, and when? This District fur- 
nishes one-third of the entire annual in- 
come of our Foreign Missionary Society. 

With the review of the events that 
have led our Committee to act within 
the authority given us by the Board of 
trustees of The Foreign Missionary So- 
ciety, we cannot help but believe that 
our action in severing our publications 
from The Brethren Publishing Company 
will be approved by the vast majority 
of the members of our Society. Thus, 
the actions of the Ashland College oli- 
garchy have brought forth another "re- 
sult" — A new magazine in The Brethren 
Church, which will be glad to represent 
all the interests of The Brethren Church 
that still believe in congregational gov- 
ernment; and, owning their own souls, 
refuse to be controlled by a College-con- 
trolled oligarchy, that is out to control or 
ruin every Brethren Church in these 
United States. In this new magazine. 
The Foreign Missionary Society takes, 
and exercises full control of the first is- 
sue in each and every month. 

We still believe in the Brethren 
Churches of these United States. We 
shall continue in our determination to 



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make The Foreign Missionary Society 
representative oi them all. We have 
foreign missionaries that have come 
forth from churches on both sides of this 
unhappy "fence." ALL. are faithful, loy- 
al missionaries of whom the Brethren 
Church may well be proud. For their 
sakes, if for no other reason, we could 
wish that this "fence" might be leveled 
to the ground. But the hands on one 
side of the "fence" persistently refuse to 
join us in that business. So, we shall 
support all our missionaries, without re- 
gard to the Brethren Churches wherein 
they may hold membership. And, we 
believe that all real Brethren Churches 
will continue to support them. 

However, for all things necessary to 
this great work, we look above all unto 
the Great Provider above, Who, guiltless 
of all the follies of men, and in kindness 
overlooking them in those who truly be- 
lieve, ever watches above His own! 
"Looking unto Jesus, the Author and 
Finisher of our faith," we move forward 
in His name! 



GLEANINGS FROM MISSIONARY 

LETTERS 

(Continued from page 26) 
the Brethren point of view? If you do, 

I would appreciate very much if you 

could send me one . . . 

"If things work out as planned, we ex- 
pect to have Murillo, an ex-priest, here 
for ten to fifteen days, the time to be 
divided between the three towns with, 
perhaps, some excursions to other places 
that we visit with tracts. We are so hap- 
py over having been able to purchase an 
apparatus for a loud speaker which can 
be used on the battery of the car or with 
either continuous or alternating electric 
current . . . We hope to have it in opera- 
tion by the time Murillo comes. Pray 
with us that this little instrument may 
be used greatly in getting the message 
of salvation to those who won't go to a 
Mission Hall to hear it. 

"We are hoping to have at least three 
Vacation Bible Schools again this year; 
and the time to begin is very near, or the 
summer won't be long enough. I am 
very much enthused about having a 



EDITORIALS 

(Continued from Page 6) 
means or foul, they must put across the program of their anti-Semitic hate. 

We have just received a letter from the office of Gerold D. Winrod, 
of Wichita, Kansas, in which we are accused of having "lined up in support 
of the Brooks' group of professional 'smearers'." The letter continues: 
"Resentment has also been expressed for your alleged use of a certain 
heretical type of Bible. We can hardly believe this latter charge to be true 
because of the high esteem in which we have held your public ministry 
over a period of years," 

Now, that's a new one! The only Bible we have ever used is the King 
James Version, which we have read and studied from childhood. Once 
in awhile we refer to the American Revised Version. Outside of these 
we have never publically used, and seldom have read a verse from any 
other version of the Scriptures. Anybody that knows our ministry knows 
that this is the last charge that possibly could be placed against us. 

Truth seems to be at a premium these days. The older we grow, 
the better we understand why it is that our God has warned that some 
day "all liars shall have their part in the lake that burneth with fire and 
brimstone." Nobody needs to sympathize with us; let them sympathize 
with the liars! 



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fourth one in the hills, if time permits. It 
seems to me that it would be a happy 
combination of taking a rest working 
for the Lord. What could be better! I 
sort of have the idea that somewhere 
along in the weeks of summer we will 
be needing a rest, especially after the 
Christmas program is over. 

"I am trying desperately to get my 
summer sewing out of the way before we 
get quite into the thick of things, but I 
don't seem to make the strides that I 
should like to. I have a heavy round of 
household and yard duties, of regular 
services and of visits which are routine; 
and they don't give me a great deal of 
time for the sewing, translating, etc., 
etc., that I should like to do." 



Real victories in old Roman Catholic 
Argentina are reported by our Brother 
J. Paul Dowdy, Superintendent of our 
work down there. In a letter dated Oc- 
tober 26th, he says: 

"You may be interested to know that 
we are to have baptismal service in Al- 
mafuerte Sunday, October 29th, for 
about 23 persons. Most all are from 
other towns where Ricardo Wagner is 
working — maybe one or two from Alma- 
fuerte. We expect to baptize about sev- 
en or eight here in Rio Cuarto soon." 

Our readers may not realize it, but 
that victory is really marvelous, when 
once we know that land. It is easier to 
win ten pagans out of the darkness and 
superstition and fetishism of African- 
darkness than it is to win one away from 
their idols in the pagan temples of South 
America. Yes, pagan they are, although 
they hang up before the eyes of all their 
worshipers the crucifix with the image 
of Christ upon it. Praise God for this 
and further victories that we know are 
on ahead in Argentina." 

Our prayer bands are appreciated by 

missionaries. 

We hope the following will cause pas- 
tors who have not yet given attention to 
prayer band work to organize the same 
and carry it on. Surely, unless the God 
of heaven is dead, it pays to pray. Our 
Brother Hill Maconagrhy writes from Rio 



Cuarto, Argentina: 

"All of us are well and rejoicing in 
our blessed Savior. The one thing that 
is constanly upon our minds is the ef- 
fective evangelization of this district 
allotted to us, and also of this whole 
country. The first thing that we are 
assured of is that God wants that done 
and that He wants to use us in accomp- 
lishing it. The next thing is that He has 
given to all of us here a vision of how 
it could be accomplished. The third 
thing is, that He has been giving us a 
vision of our own selves. This has 
made us realize as never before how ab- 
solutely powerless we are in ourselves to 
do anything for Him. Therefore, we 
have been asking the Lord to make us 
simply instruments of His, for Him to 
do the work through us. We have been 
praying for a mighty outpouring of the 
Spirit of God upon our lives, that His 
will might be accomplished in this 
work. 

"Thus, imagine our joy and thrill 
when last night we found in the Evan- 
gelist of August 19 your list of prayer 
requests for the missionary prayer 
bands. For the very requests which you 
mentioned were the ones the Lord had 
been laying upon our hearts. We feel 
certain the Lord is going to answer. 

"How wonderful it would be if this 
work could be all reorganized, making it 
possible for all the missionaries from 
North America to be free to go from 
town to town continually, winter and 
summer, doing one thing — presenting 
the good news. In some places they 
could stay longer than others, but they 
would have one aim in all — to leave be- 
hind them a nucleus of believers. These 
towns could be visited again, but the 
main work of getting the good news out 
would rest upon the believers in the re- 
spective places, perhaps by a native 
worker. This, we feel certain, could be 
accomplished within two years. 

"How we could use another North 
American couple down here! If we had 
them, we could each take a given sec- 
tion and comb it in a thorough work of 
evangelization. Some may say this is 



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impossible, but our God is the God of 
the impossible." 



What are our missionaries thinking 

concerning our present denominational 
controversy? Many have asked that 
question. From a personal letter to the 
Editor we will quote a paragraph on 
this point. The name of the missionary, 
however, must be withheld. We read: 
"Ere this reaches you more history 
will have been made in the Brethren 
Church — another paragraph in "historic 
Brethrenism." How we will be waiting 
anxiously for the first Conference 
echoes! Great issues are at stake, and 
perhaps this will decide whether we are 
to have one or two Brethren conferences 
and churches. If such happens, where 
will we be? Surely our Lord will not 
let wrong and hatred prevail in a church 
which has such a message as ours . . . 
Right will prevail, if not under this sin- 
dominated social order, then in the ages 
to come. With that blessed assurance 
we can face whatever comes v/ilhout 
flinching. I wish the two groups could 
get together and once again we could be 
proud of Ashland College and recognize 
its worth in our church development. 
Ashland and many there are very dear 
to me. I want the love and friendship 
of those who are at Ashland." 



"When evening conies," writes a 
missionary, "and sometimies before eve- 
ning, I'm so utterly weary and spent that 
I scarcely know what to do, and yet all 
that I am doing is my great joy and 
pleasure. The heart satisfaction of hav- 
ing taught the Word and given some 
new truth to a 'babe in Christ' far out- 
weighs the physical and mental weari- 
ness, I assure you." 



Mrs. Rose M. Foulke, for more than a 
quarter of a century a member of the 
First Brethren Church of Long Beach 
and nearly that length of time a mis- 
sionary in China, wrote to the editor, as 
her pastor, under date of September 12, 
1939. That those of us who dwell safely 
in the homeland may know what mis- 



sionaries are passing through who have 
carried the Gospel banner in China, we 
quote the following from her letter: 

"The Japanese have been very kind 
and courteous to me and mine thus far. 
We hope it will continue. (I hope Mr. 
Censor sees this word.) While I am 
writing, big cannons are booming not 
far away. Fighting is going on all 
around us again, and setting fire to 
towns, looting, raping, and what not! We 
are in for another 'turn over' here most 
any minute. We live from hour to hour, 
not knowing what is next or what min- 
ute something happens; and it will not 
be a 'good' happening, either . . . 

"I cannot write you war affairs, as 
censors are busy as usual. So, you will 
need look to your papers and hear ra- 
dio, but the awfulness of all is all around 
us. We are in constant danger of va- 
rious kinds. But hallelujah, we seem to 
be living in a 'little sanctuary' in the 
'Hollow of His Hand' where all is 'quiet' 
and safe; so we continue to rest there . . . 
Jesus' coming is very near, so why 
should we fear? . . . Whether we 'go up' 
through the meadows of the sky in the 
Lord's own chariot, or whether by the 
martyrs' route, all is a glorious prospect 
. . . We believe God will take us through 
(Isa. 43:2) . . . Please, all pray for us." 



DELAYED REPORT 

(In the Annual Statistical Report of 
the African Field Superintendent, re- 
cently published in the Brethren Evan- 
gelist, the report of the Bellevue Dis- 
pensary for the year closing May, 1939, 
was omitted, due to the fact that the 
Superintendent did not receive it at the 
time he was compelled to forward the 
report to us. We print it here together 
with an explanatory note from Dr. Grib- 
ble. ) 
Dear Brother Bauman: 

I am enclosing a statement, in order to 
make an attempt to comply with Broth- 
er Jobson's request. 

You will understand that being away 
from Bellevue, a delay of approximately 
(Continued on Page 39) 



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THE FOREIGN MISSIONARY SOCIETY OF THE BRETHREN CHURCH 

Financial Statement for the Months of September, October and November, 1939 



General Fund 

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Clum, Cleveland, Ohio .„ 

Bible School, Long Beach, (Ist)Calif 

Daily Vacation Bible School, Long Beach, 

Calif, (list) - _ 

Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Gallup, Long Beach, 

( 1st) Calif. _„ 

Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Corrigan, Long Beach, 

Calif. ( 1st) 

1st Brethren Church, Pittsburgh, Penna., per 

Ira C. Wilcox 

1st Brethren Church, Aknenytown, Ohio, per 

A. Richardson 

John and Alta Sansom, Yucaipa, Calif. 

(Long Beach, Calif., 1st) 

Dr. and Mrs. W. O. Blanchard, Los Angeles, 

Calif. (2nd) 

Mrs Ethel Hay. Los Angeles, Calif. (2nd) .„ 

Rent Wells Property (3 months) 

Evangelist Subscription, per W. E. Ronk _ 



5.00 
17.55 

6.50 

1.00 

2.50 

3.50 

20.00 

10.00 

15.00 

5.00 

72.00 

.50 



African General Fund 

Mrs. Elizabeth Boiling, LaVerne, Calif. 
Miss Barbara Boiling, LaVerne, Calif. 



African Hospital Fund 

National Sii:3terhood of Mary and Martha, per 

W. J. Grace 

African House Car Evangelization Fund 

R. A. Laughlin, San Diego, Calif., per R. B. 

Smith ^ „..^ 

1st Brethren Church, Turlock, Calif., per 

Paul Gibson _ __ _ _ 

Muncie. Indiana, per J. W. Hathaway .- 

South Bend, Ind., (Ardmore) per J. W. 

Hathaway _..^ _ __ _ 

Mrs I,ois B. Shank, Lodi, Calif. (Manteca) 
Warsav/, Ind., per J. W. Hathaway (Mr. and 

Mrs. Locke ) _ _.„ 

Mm. Amelia Kimmel (Falls City, Nebraska) 

African Leper Fund 

Leper Pig No. 105986, Mrs. Cobler's Class, 

Long Beach, (1st) Calif., Bible School .... 
Mrs. Helen B. .Service, Long Beach, (1st) 

Calif. _ 

Mrs. Christie Eye, Long Beach, (1st) Calif., 

Leper Pig No. 97811 _. _ 

A Friend (So. Calif District) _ 

American Mission to the Lepers, Quarterly 

Appropriation 

James Sunstrom's Boys' Clasis, Junior High 

Dept., Long Beach (1st), Calif., Bible 

School _ .._ __ 

K.Y.B.C. Class, Leper Pig No. 97815 

Junior Department, Long Beach (1st), Calif., 

Bible School ^ 



158.55 



25.00 
10.00 



30.00 
5.00 

15.00 
5.00 

10.00 

1.00 

69.00 



2.00 
10.00 



3.50 

5.00 



6.72 

2.i:i 



African Special Fund 

Woman's Bible Fellowship Club, Dayton, 
Ohio, 1st Church. Magazines for Mis- 
sionaries _ _ _ _ _ 

C. F. Davis, Peru, Ind., (Loree) for candidate 

miiasionary ^.„ ^_^ 



Emmert Fund 

Mr. and Mrs. Ray Emmert, Des Moines, Iowa 
( Dallas Center ) _.._ _ 

Foster Fund 

Mrs Ruben Latsha. Rebuck Penna (Phila 
1st) 



2:15 Class, per Raymond O Schmitt, Los 
Angeles, Calif. (1st) _ 

Gribble Fund 

A Friend (2 offerings) _ 

Hathaway Fund 

Mi-s Nellie V. Carter, Stockton, Calif. (Long 
Beach, Calif. 1st) _ 



5.00 
22.00 



15.00 
~2076b 

40.00 
1.00 



San Diego, California, per J. W. Hathaway 
Spec, gift) 



2.63 



Kennedy Fund 

Mistsion Study Class, Long Beach, (1st) Calif. 

(four offerings) 

Morrill Fund 

Mrs L. T. Black, Ashland, Ohio, (Park Street 

Church) per C. G. Morrill (special gift) 
Sterling, Ohio, per C. G. Morrill (Special gift) 

Dallas Center, Iowa, per C. G. Morrill 

Carlton Brethren Church (Garwin, Iowa) 

per C. G. Mon-ill 

Leon, Iowa, per C. G. Morrill .__ 

Pleasant Grove, North English, Iowa, per 

C. G. Morrill 

Waterloo, Iowa, per C. G. Morrill 



Beaver City, Nebraska, per C. G. Morrill 

(special gift) . 

Falls City, Nebraska, per C. G. Morrill 

Portis, Kansas, per C. G. Moi'rill 

Manteca, California, per C. G. Morrill 

Modesto, California, per C. G. Morrill _ 

Tracy, California, per C. G. Morrill . 

Harrah, Wash., per C. G. Morrill 

Spokane, Waish., per C. G. Mon-ill 

Sunnyside, Washington, per C. G. Morrill 

Seattle, Washington, (Northwest district), 

per C. G. Morrill 

West Homer (Homerville), Ohio, per C. G. 

Morrill 

Wooster, Ohio, per C. G. Morrill 



7.50 
17.03 
10.00 

5.40 
7.21 

13.98 
16.69 

10.00 
8.20 
9.24 
4.26 

14.00 
7.31 
5.50 
4.81 

17.10 

3.60 

3.60 
5.55 

17.31 



Compton, California, per C. G. Morrill (spec. 
gift) __ ^ 

188.29 
Sheldon Fund 
Junior Department, Long Beach, Calif., (1st) 

Bible School 23.24 

Smith Branch Sunday School, Portsmouth, 

Ky. (Southeast District) 5.0O 



28.24 



Taber Fund 

Mrs. Lois B. Shank, Lodi, Calif., (Manteca) 

two offerings _ 

National Sisterhood of Mary and Martha ....' 
Mr. and Mm. W. A. Henderson, Cameron, 

W. Va. (Quiet Dell) _ 

A. B. C. (Long Beach, Calif.) 1st church 

Mrs. Nellie Negley, San Jacinto, Calif., 

Long Beach, (1st) 

Intermediate C. E., Washington, D. C, per 

Warren Tamkin _ 

Mrs Beulah Lowman, Hagerstown, Md _ 

Mr. and Mrs. Neri Zahn. Long Beach, Calif. 

(1st) _ .._ ^. 

Mr. Edmund Stevens, Long Beach, Calif. (1st) 
Mrs. Edith Stevens. Long Beach, Calif. ((1st) 
Mr. R. A. Stevens. Long Beach, Calif. (1st) .... 

Adult C. E., Long Beach, Calif. (1st) 

Primary Department, Long Beach, Calif., 

(1st) Bible School 



*10.0O 
100.00 



10.00 
87.50 



*5.00 
»5.00 

*1.00 
*2.00 
*1.00 
".76 
'21.00 

6.36 



Wagner Fund 

Miiss Geraldine Judd. Long Beach, Calif. (1st) 
Dr. L. S. Bauman, Long Beach, Calif. (1st) 
Mrs. Frank Larson, Ripon, Calif. (Modesto) 
George Sharenbrock, Ripon, California 
(Manteca) ._ 



Miscellaneous Offerings 

Mr. and Mrs. R. D. Blomberg, Washington, 
D. C, Belgian Gospel Mission 

Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Liggett. Long Beach, 
Calif., (1st), American Board of Missions 
to the Jews 

Ray and Bessie Burch, Long Beach, Calif., 
(1st), American Board of Missions to the 
Jews 

Primary Department, Bible School, Long 

(Continued on page 39) 



5.00 
5.00 
14.00 

12.00 
"36.00 



January, 1940 35 

I Attention, Brethren — A New Publishing Company 

p This is the announcement for which you have been looking, and here it is, 

« a new pubhshing company, "THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD 

§ COMPANY," ready to serve all the interests of Brethren Churches in the way 

g of Christian literature. This company like other new organizations of the 

g church was born out of the present crisis in the church and through the prayers 

g of God's people, and it is dedicated to the task of serving the church and 

g exalting the Lord Jesus Christ. 

g The offices of this new company are from Dec. 1st on located in the First 

U Brethren Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana, at 3326 South Calhoun Street. Fort 

g Wayne is one of the growing cities of the United States, located at a point 

g which is almost central to our Brotherhood, and where mailing facilities are 

g the best. Address all your orders and communications to this address. 
H In the providence of God, it has been possible to employ Rev. C. W. Mayes 

g as the Editor-in-Chief of the new magizine, "THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY 

g HERALD," and editor of the Sunday School literature published by The Breth- 

g ren Missionary Herald Company. His record in the past as a writer of Chris- 

g tian literature commends him to you, and also commends the literature which 

U he will be writing. 

H It was also the good fortune of tlie new company to employ Dr. J. C. Beal 

g as "Secretary of Publications," and he will represent the company and its 

g literature in the Churches where he labors in the coming months. 
^ The two office secretaries who served so faithfully in The Brethren Pub- H 

g lishing Company at Ashland, and were so summarily dismissed, have also been g 

tt employed in the new company: Miss Grace Allshouse as editorial office secre- g 

H tary, and Miss Geneva Kuhn as business office secretary. Both of these young g 

g ladies have dedicated their lives in full time service to the Lord, and this with g 

g their effi,ciency, will mean much in serving you. g 

U All Sunday School Materials and supplies that you have previously ordered g 

g through The Brethren Publishing Company in Ashland, you can now obtain g 

H through the new company at the same prices. And we solicit your orders for § 

g these materials. And while we are trusting the Lord for all finances, and have H 

g every assurance that the Lord will supply all our needs, we encourage you to g 

g accompany your order with the payment in order that the company may have g 

H funds upon which to operate. g 

H And here is a great announcement. A new weekly magazine is being g 

jj started which we are planning to make the greatest spiritual feast in the way H 

♦| of Christian literature that has ever entered your home. In it we expect to fea- H 

g ture Foreign Missions, Home Mission, Woman's Home Council, and Educational g 

tt interests such as Sunday School, Christian Endeavor, and Grace Seminary. And g 

H here and there we plan a pictorial number which will feature in pictures tlie g 

p various interests of the church, congregations, pastors, and Sunday Schools, g 

§ And besides all this, in so far as possible the new Magazine will carry news, ^ 

H editorials, Bible expositions, and articles of general interest to all. Get in g 

H vour subscription for the first issue, January 1st. g 

H " This new magazine will be issued under the title, "THE BRETHREN MIS- g 

p SIONARY HERALD," and made available to you at the tremendously reduced h 

g cost of $1.00. So we are now expecting 100 percent support from every family g 

II in the churches. Send in your orders now! Don't wait a moment. Now is g 
tt tlie time to support these new publishing interests. And this is your company U 
p and your literature, and the better you support it the better it will be. 
g Let us also call to your attention, that we can supply to you anything in 
tt the way of Christian literature, such as Bibles, books, magazines, and in this 
P way you can greatly assist the company by the commissions it will make from 
3 these goods without increasing the cost of the goods to you. 
p The committee on publications wants to call one other thing to your at- 
p tention. The second week in February an offering for the publication interests 
P will be taken. Be sure to make your plans for this and contact the company for 
H literature and envelopes. 

H Signed — The Committee on Publications authorized by the National Breth- 

p ren Bible Conference: R. E. Donaldson; Leo Polman, secretary- 

g treasurer; Herman A. Hoyt, chairman. 

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OUR-- 



Christian Endeavorers 



PRESIDENT 
Rev. Robert A. Ashman 

12 South Clay Street 
Peru, Ind. 

Y. P. TOPIC EDITOR 
Rev. Norman Uphouse 

Winchester, Va. 



JUNIOR TOPIC EDITOR 
Miss Miriam Gilbert 

1539 — 25th Street, S. E. 
Washington, D. C. 



EXECUTIVE SECRETARY 
Rev. Leo Polman 

4CK)7 Tacoma Avenue 
Ft. Wayne, Ind. 

NEWS EDITOR 

Miss Grace Allshouse 

309 West 4th Street 
Ashland, Ohio 



C. E. NOTES AND NEWS 
Every occasion is a challenge to pre- 
sent Christ if one is really desirous of 
doing SO. Seventeen Christian Endeav- 
orers of Harrah, Washington, met at the 
home of a member and rolled tracts in 
cellophane for distribution at the Cen- 
tral Washington Fair held in Yakima, 
Washington last fall. About a thousand 
tracts were given out by this group in 
one night. Other societies in the Ya- 
kima District had charge of tract distri- 
bution the other nights of the fair. 

The missionary committee of the 
young people's group at Sunnyside, 
Washington, took charge of an evening 
church service several months ago in the 
absence of their pastor. Among the fea- 
tures, all of which were of a missionary 
nature, were vocal selections, readings, 
and instrumental numbers, the latter be- 
ing familiar missionary songs. 

One society found, after trying many 
methods of presenting the C. E. topics, 
that the round table discussion was the 
most interesting and successful of all. 
The chairs, instead of facing the front of 
the room, were arranged around a large 
table with the leader at one end. If the 
group was large, a double row of seats 
was provided. The usual song service, 
prayer, Scripture reading, and a short 
talk by the leader, were followed by an 
open discussion. No one had to turn 
around to see any speaker, and there 
was something about this plan which in- 
duced all to take part in the discussion — 



something they had been reluctant to do 
before. 

Some weeks ago we announced that 
we had arranged to have C. E. experts 
solve the problems of your society if you 
would submit them to your news editor, 
and that personal problems sent your 
news editor would also be discussed in 
the light of God's Word by one in whom 
many young people have confided with 
great profit. The first article from the 
personal problem editor will appear in 
the December issue of the Brethren Her- 
ald, answering the following query, "I 
am a Christian and do not indulge in 
worldly pleasures such as dancing, card 
playing, and theatre going because I feel 
they are wrong. Yet I cannot explain 
to my companions why it is not consis- 
tent with a Christian life. Is there any 
Scripture on which to stand?" Do not 
fail to read this discussion. And if you 
have any problems, personal or pertain- 
ing to your C. E., send them in to your 
news editor today. 

A Society which had difficulty getting 
all the officers at the executive meetings 
found it very effective to hold a fellow- 
ship supper in connection with the 
monthly meeting. They made a small 
cardboard house and printed over the 
door the words, "Christian Endeavor 
Workshop." The red paper chimney of 
this miniature building was held in 
place with pins, and filled with grey 
yarn to represent smoke. The doors and 
windows were marked with brown 



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crayon. The workshop, placed on a half 
sheet of green tissue paper, formed the 
centerpiece of the fellowship table. On 
each place card was sketched a book, the 
title of which gave the clue as to the 
one for whom the place was intended. 
For instance, "Oh, Money, Money," was 
for the treasurer, "Lives of the Presi- 
dent" for the president, "The Little 
Minister" for the six-foot pastor, and 
"The Lookout Man" for the lookout com- 
mittee chairman (who in this case hap- 
pened to be a woman) etc. Before the 
supper began each one present placed in 
the workshop written questions and sug- 
gestions for C. E. Christian Endeavor 
was the only topic of conversation al- 
lowed at the table. As soon as supper 
was over the workshop was opened, and 
the slips were distributed, read and dis- 
cussed. Any officer unable to attend 
sent a substitute. This not only insured 
the presence of the proper number of 
people at every executive meeting, but 
others besides the officers were given op- 
portunity to discuss matters of vital im- 
portance to the success of the society. 



TOPIC FOR DECEMBER 31, 1939 
OUT-OF-DOOR EVANGELISM 

(Luke 5:1-11) 
Sug^gestions for the Leader 

We should never become so busy with 
church work that we neglect the work 
of the church in reaching many who 
live on the outside. Today we need to 
consider the meaning and purpose of 
going out to bring others in. The world 
is filled with people who never hear the 
gospel of salvation. They are concerned 
about other things and affairs and forget 
their, soul's need for spiritual things. 
According to the great commission that 
our Lord gave, every saved person ought 
to witness to the lost and dying world 
of the saving grace of Jesus Christ. 

These days are unusual in that people 
are falling away from the faith. Any 
careful observation will reveal declining 
interests in church and missions. When 
people begin to go that way, God needs 
people to stand for Him. Always re- 
member that at the time when the crowd 



leaves the good things of Christian liv- 
ing, we ought to get closer to God. He 
will need people of faith to represent 
Him and show what He can do for man. 
This has been true of men in the past 
who stood firm in the case of an emerg- 
ency. Moses, Daniel, David, Elijah, 
Noah, John the Baptist, Paul and others 
went to the places men were to be found 
and dealt with them there. 

Do not let all the work of visitation 
and personal work up to the preacher or 
visiting evangelist. They will have 
their work to do and will reach certain 
places that none other care to go. On 
the other hand, you have someone in 
whom you might be interested in bring- 
ing to the Lord. Stay with the person 
long enough for your interest to be dem- 
onstrated. Some people come to the 
Lord because a friend showed concern 
for their salvation. This is a slow proc- 
ess but it is the most effective. 

In the life of Christ we read that he 
went to the sea or up the mountain to 
find the people. Frequently He took 
them away to talk to them where there 
were no distractions. In our camp work 
we do find an advantage in talking about 
eternal realities at the time we can have 
young people away from the affairs of 
the home community. Jesus was able to 
take some of the simplest things of na- 
ture about Him. Sometimes He did go 
to the synagogue and preach there, how- 
ever most of His work was done in the 
open wherever He found people. The 
field for out-of-door evangelism is open 
today for us and the returns are great. 

1. Out-of-door Life in an Out-of-door 
Land. 

Those who have lived in Palestine tell 
us that the climate there is pleasant and 
compares with that of California. So 
much of the Bible is written telling us of 
the events that happened out of doors. 
This indicates that the personal work 
was done out in the open. During the 
Old Testament times the people went 
out to the fields and mountains for great 
experiences with God. For many years 
the patriarchs wandered about from 
place to place. No doubt this kind of 



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living brought them closer to God. There 
was a sense of dependence upon God as 
well as an opportunity to see His handi- 
work in all creation. Even when the 
Law was instituted, certain feasts were 
supposed to be observed out in the open. 

In Jesus' day we see that much was 
done by the sea or on the mountain. He 
took the people where they could be 
alone with Him or else He went out 
where they were. It would be interest- 
ing to trace the mountain top experienc- 
es through the Bible. Do not overlook 
Abraham on the mount with his son 
Isaac, Elijah on Mt. Carmel, Moses on 
Sinai and Nebo, the two mountains 
where the law was read, one a mount of 
blessing and one a mount of cursing, 
tlie mountain where Jesus preached the 
famous sermon and also the mount of 
transfiguration. 

2. Wayside Evangelism. John 4:5-14. 

How few Christians have learned the 
importance of witnessing for Christ 
every day. Probably one of the things 
that made Moody the great man of God 
that he was can be found in the fact that 
he determined to speak to one soul at 
least each day. Many times this worked 
an inconvenience for him, yet he wanted 
to carry out the high endeavor. 

Today we have many opportunities to 
say something in favor of the Lord Jesus 
Christ but simply fail to do it. Think of 
the times we meet strangers and let 
them go without mentioning a word 
about Christ. On the other hand if we 
are interested in Christian salvation, it 
seems that the matter ought to be upper- 
most in our minds and when we meet 
people we will try to bring the conver- 
sation to the place where we talk about 
the Lord. 

Carrying tracts to use is a good way 
to start a conversation on the subject of 
Christianity. Even though the oppor- 
tunity does not come to say what you 
have in mind, the tract will bear a testi- 
mony. Most people can find it conve- 
nient to talk about spiritual things if 
that is their custom. If we neglect it, of 
course it will be hard. Every member of 
the C. E. ought to be thinking about the 



opportunities that come to us to say 
something for the One who did every- 
thing good for us. 

3. The Multitude in the Mountains. 
John 6:3-6. 

America has become a nation filled 
with vacationists. People desire to get 
away from the usual routine of living to 
find a place of rest and play. In these 
places, one can find many people who 
are willing to stop long enough to talk 
about the things of the Bible. 

Perhaps you have seen some signs 
along the highway that refer to a Bible 
verse or a fact pertaining to salvation. 
Some of these may not be carefully se- ;j 
lected; but for the most part they put I 
across a good message to those travelling 
along the highway. A worthy project 
for a society would be to plan to put up 
some sign at a convenient place. Use a 
good scripture verse. It may be that the 
C. E. society can start by putting up a 
sign on the church lawn and later erect 
another along the highway. 

Christian summer camps have proven 
valuable in regard to leading young peo- 
ple closer to the Lord. They ought to 
do this. It is far better to spend a vaca- 
tion at a place where there will be spirit- 
ual enlightenment than to spend it for 
amusement and all play. The testimony 
from many young people is that they 
have learned to love the Lord better at 
camp than at any other place. As a re- 
sult they yield themselves to His service 
for life. 

4. The Crowd at the Seashore. Mk. ^ 
3:7; 4:1. 

Jesus went to the sea shore to talk to 
the multitudes. The sea stands for a 
multitude of people and this ministry 
reveals the Lord's will in turning from 
the Jews to the Gentiles. He saw that 
there would be many Gentiles that 
would accept His message of salvation if 
they only knew it. 

Today we can find the multitude at 
the beach. In the summer there are 
crowds that seek pleasure and rest in 
the water. We have an open field of 
endeavor of going to the place we know 
the people can be found. Mission work, 



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tract distribution, personal work and 
children's meetings can be accomplished 
with profit. One sure thing we know is 
that many people will not attend church. 
No longer can we be content in expect- 
ing them to come. They need someone 
to go after them. The church that is to 
make progress is the one that has per- 
sonal workers so interested in the lost 
that they go after them. Of course the 
right message of salvation must be given 
them and care must be taken in leading 
them to Christ. 

5. Nature that has become the Dev- 
il's Playground. 

Nature worshippers have fallen into 
a trap that leads them away from God. 
The devil does provide opportunities for 
people to have such a time in the realm 
of nature that they neglect the real wor- 
ship of God. It is true that we can see 
beauty in nature. The handiwork of 
God can be recognized in all creation. 
On the other hand, creation is resting 
under a curse and is not clothed in the 
beauty that it shall have at a later time. 

There is no harm in appreciating a 
wonderful sunset or a green carpeted 
meadow or the landscape before one's 
eye. Yet it is not enough to see only 
God's love and goodness in the things 
about it. Nature does not tell us about 
redemption; while this is so important 
for people to know. Those who say they 
can worship God out-of-doors and do 
not need the church are mistaken. They 
simply cannot please God by neglecting 
the church for nature. 

The Devil uses many places in crea- 
tion for his work and play. The nudists 
must be influenced by him to do their 
shameful things in their camps. The 
Seashore has been largely taken over by 
the enemy for the use of immodesty. The 
temptation that comes to men at vaca- 
tion time to go away and live in a state 
of pleasure at the frightful price of their 
loss in spiritual things, takes many down 
to failure. 

As Christians we can never afford to 
let anything stand between us and our 
faithfulness to God. In respect to the 
church, He meant that we should meet 



Him at the time of worship. Nature 
will some day show forth the evidences 
of creation restored and then it can have 
greater meaning as an aid to worship. 
Questions 

1. Do you think that there is an 
open field for evangelism among those 
who go to worldly amusements and 
summer resorts? 

2. How is our work of witnessing a 
time of sowing as well as reaping? 

3. Do you think that a man can please 
God when he runs away from the 
church? Heb. 10:25. 

4. How can we overcome timidity in 
speaking of Christ to others? 

5. How does the Bible warn us if we 
neglect personal work? Ez. 3:17-21. 

6. Do you think that it would be a 
good thing for our society to erect a sign 
or bulletin with a Scripture verse as our 
testimony to the lost? 

Topic for Jan. 7. 1940 
"PRAYER MEETINGS" 

DELAYED REPORT 

(Continued from page 33) 
one month would be required to obtain 
accurate data. I am therefore sending 
an approximate estimate of certain 
items. 

Number of native Helpers 6 

Beds in Dispensary 5 

Number of In Patients (approx.) .... 40 

Days of hospitalization 200 

Obstetrical Cases 

Injections for leprosy 

Injection for yawss (approx.) 25 

Other injections (approx.) 500 

Minor operations (approx.) 10 

Visits to homes (approx.) 100 

—Florence N. Gribble 

FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF FOR- 
EIGN MISSIONARY SOCIETY 

(Continued from Page 34) 

Beach. Calif., (1st), American Board of 
Missions to the Jews 8.27 

Luther C. Frady, Long Beach. Calif., (Isf* 

American Board of Missions to the Jews 5.00 
Jews _ 5.00 

Mrs. Elizabeth Boiling, La Verne, Calif., 
American Board of Missione to the Jews 

Los Angeles, Calif.) - 5.00 

34.27 

Total receipts for the three months 51,027.6.'; 

Louis S. Bauman, Sec.-Treas. 

Note: Items marked with an asterisk (*) denote 
offerings designated for Taber Surgical Outfit. 



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